Ostrander sets NCAA steeplechase semifinal record in Austin

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Allie Ostrander kept her three-peat hopes alive Thursday by dominating the field in her heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals and posting the top qualifying time ahead of the national finals that will take place this Saturday.

Ostrander, crossing the finish line in 09:44.32 in the second of two heats Thursday, captured the top 3,000-meter steeplechase qualifying time at the NCAA Div. I Track and Field National Championships in Austin, Texas. That time is also the fastest women's steeplechase semifinal pace in NCAA history, with Ostrander breaking her own record from 2018 when she ran 9:45.96.

The Kenai native started out toward the back but quickly made her way to the front of the pack, staying there and winning by some 15 meters or so over her competition. Furman's Gabrielle Jennings took second in the race, finishing in 9:47.84, a little more than three seconds after Ostrander.

Ostrander, an alumna of Kenai Central High School, is looking to become the first woman ever to win three straight 3,000-meter steeplechase national championships.

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