Allie Ostrander returns to surprise in Boise

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Boise State University athletes surprised Alaska’s Allie Ostrander on the school’s football field Monday.

“So many people out here, it was really cool, you know a lot of the time, I feel like track and cross country kind of flies under the radar,” Ostrander told reporters. “So to get that recognition and have so many people show up like all the basketball girls and the football guys, it's pretty special.”

Over the weekend Ostrander won her second straight NCAA 3,000 meter steeplechase national championship. On Monday, she was given the “Hammer” by the school’s football team, a piece of hardware typically reserved for standout Bronco football players.

"It’s great, being able to step back and really appreciate what she's accomplished," said Corey Ihmels BSU Head Track and Field Coach. "But before I brought her out here, we were already talking about next year.”

According NBC affiliate KTVB in Boise, Ostrander will coach a youth soccer team in Boise over the summer, on top of planned training and a week-long return trip home to Alaska.

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