BSU hosts surprise celebration for Allie Ostrander after repeating NCAA championship
After winning three consecutive collegiate national titles in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Boise State great Allie Ostrander will forgo her final season of eligibility and turn pro.
“Professional running has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m excited and appreciative that @brooksrunning has made this a reality for me,” Ostrander wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday. “I can’t wait to train with an incredibly talented and hard working group of athletes and run for a such an honorable brand.”
Flynn said Ostrander has not yet decided what event she will pursue at the professional level. Ostrander won her third straight national championship in the steeplechase last month in a school-record time of 9:37.73. She also finished the year with a nation-leading time in the 10,000 meters and ranked among the top 20 nationally in the 1,500 and 5,000.
“She’s so versatile. She can run so many different events,” Flynn said. “I think she has the potential in probably several events.”
Ostrander graduated from Boise State in May with a degree in exercise science and a 4.0 GPA. She was recently named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second year in a row.
On Sunday, after she competed in the steeplechase at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford’s Cobb Track & Angell Field, Ostrander posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “One last run as a bronco.”
“I think she just wanted to prepare for the Olympics and become professional,” Flynn told the Idaho Statesman by phone on Tuesday. “... She has great love for Idaho and Boise State, and I’m sure it was a very difficult decision for her, and she did say that.”
Ostrander placed 13th in the Prefontaine race in a personal-best time of 9:31.44 while competing against many of the top steelplechase runners in the world. Current world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya won the event in 8:55.58, while Emma Coburn of the United States — a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist — took second. Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, the 2016 silver medalist, was third in the race.
Ostrander racked up an extensive list of accomplishments during her time at Boise State. In addition to her three national titles in the steeplechase, she is also a two-time national runner-up with second-place finishes in cross country in 2015 and the indoor 3,000 in 2018. She has eight Mountain West titles and two Mountain West Athlete of the Year honors. There are more than 70 accolades listed on Ostrander’s bio at BroncoSports.com. In 2016, Ostrander competed at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, placing eighth in the 5,000. She was the only collegiate runner in the field of 16.
“Leaving Boise State was a difficult decision as I have loved my time there. I have nothing but gratitude for @boisestatexctf for the opportunities, coaching, friendships, miles, and experiences that it has provided me with,” Ostrander said. “Sad to leave, but I’m excited for this next chapter and believe it is the best route for my personal and athletic growth.”
As a senior at Kenai Central High in Kenai, Alaska, Ostrander became one of the most sought after recruits in the nation. She won a Nike Cross National title and accumulated 10 state championships over a four-year span.