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Boise State runner Ostrander shoots for Olympics on Sunday

Allie Ostrander wins the adidas Wisconsin Invitational 6k on Oct. 16, 2015, setting the course record in 19 minutes, 19 seconds.
Allie Ostrander wins the adidas Wisconsin Invitational 6k on Oct. 16, 2015, setting the course record in 19 minutes, 19 seconds. Provided by Boise State athletics

Boise State sophomore Allie Ostrander is set to run in the finals of the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Sixteen runners will compete in the race, which is scheduled for 5:28 p.m. MT Sunday. Watch live at stream.nbcolympics.com/track-and-field-trials-day-10-host. Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. on NBC.

The only college runner in the field, Ostrander took fourth in her heat Thursday at 15 minutes, 27.13 seconds — the fourth fastest time overall. The top three runners will earn spots at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ostrander would be the sixth BSU track and field athlete to compete in the Olympics — and the first female in that group.

Ostrander, from Kenai, Alaska, finished second as a freshman at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall and was the Mountain West indoor track and field athlete of the year.

She qualified for the national indoor track championships in March in the 3,000 and 5,000, but she had to drop out due to an injury and did not compete for the Broncos this spring because of a tibial stress fracture.

“5 weeks ago I was run-walking. Today I qualified to the Olympic trials finals,’’ Ostrander wrote on Twitter after Thursday’s race.

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