Last weekend, Allie Ostrander became the first female Division I track and field athlete to win three consecutive 3,000-meter steeplechase national championships.
On Wednesday, Boise State’s redshirt junior became the first athlete in school history to be named a semifinalist for The Bowerman — college track and field’s highest honor.
Ostrander is also the first Alaskan to be named a semifinalist for the award, which is given by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Ostrander earned three first-team All-America honors and one second-team honor during the indoor and outdoor track seasons. She became the 15th athlete in Division I history to win three consecutive national titles in the same event outdoors last weekend at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, winning the steeplechase in a school-record time of 9 minutes, 37.73 seconds. She also earned first-team honors indoors in both the 3,000-meter and the 5,000-meter races.
In addition, she posted nation-leading marks during the outdoor season in both the steeplechase and the 10,000-meters — an event where she set the Mountain West Conference record. She displayed her versatility by ranking in the top 20 nationally in both the 1,500 (12th, 4:14.76) and the 5,000 (17th, 15:45.66).
Ostrander is one of two athletes outside of the Power-5 conferences to be named a semifinalist for The Bowerman, joining North Carolina A&T’s Kayla White. Ostrander is also one of three distance runners on the list, along with Oklahoma State’s Sinclaire Johnson and Oregon’s Jessica Hull.
The 10 semifinalist will be trimmed to three finalists on June 19.