ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaskan athlete Allie Ostrander has decided to forego her final year of NCAA eligibility to run professionally, according to the Idaho Statesman newspaper.
The Kenai Central High School graduate is a three-time champion in the NCAA women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her victory this year was with a school record time of 9:37.73.
The newspaper says Ostrander is in the process of negotiating a professional contract, with an eye on the Olympics and running professionally. In 2016, Ostrander qualified for the Olympic trials in the 5,000 meter, but missed a berth on the team, finishing eighth in the final race.
Ostrander has been at Boise State for four years, though she did not compete in indoor and outdoor track and field, or cross-country running in each year, meaning she's still athletically eligible to compete. She graduated with a degree in kinesiology in May with a 4.0 GPA.
She was also recently recognized as the Mountain West Track athlete of the year, and named a semifinalist for The Bowerman, track and field’s highest honor. She was both the first Alaskan and Boise State athlete to be named a semifinalist for the award.
3️⃣x NCAA Champion— Boise State T&F (@BroncoSportsTF) July 2, 2019
2️⃣x NCAA Elite 90 Award winner
2️⃣x @CoSIDA Academic All-American
1️⃣3️⃣x NCAA All-American
8️⃣x @MountainWest Champion
Thank You, @allie_ostrander #BleedBlue pic.twitter.com/DwbDZCacpR
Ostrander is signed up for this week’s Mt. Marathon race in Seward, a race she won in 2017, and six times as a junior racer.
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