Ostrander, Thomet shine in Oregon
After schooling the cross-country competition in Alaska week after week, Allie Ostrander of Kenai headed south to test herself against Outside competition — and came away Saturday with another victory.
Ostrander, the two-time state champion, won the elite girls race at the George Fox Invitational in Portland, Ore., a prestigious meet featuring top high school runners from Oregon, Washington and California. The meet was formerly known as the Adidas Classic.
Ostrander won the 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, 47.8 seconds. She beat Oregon’s Ella Donaghu by six seconds.
Levi Thomet of Kodiak, another two-time state champ, grabbed second place in the elite boys race. He clocked 14:43 to finish second to Matt Maton of Oregon, who finished in 14:32 — the fastest time in the nation this season by a high school runner, according to DyeStat.com.
Donaghu told DyeStat.com that after bolting to the lead in the first 100 meters, “I was like, 'Where’s the girl from Alaska?’
“And then this tiny little girl comes up and she’s pushing hard. When she came up and went by, I was shocked. She just flew ahead.”
It was the first time Ostrander, a junior who says she is 5-foot-11/2, broke the 17:00 mark.
“It was cool to see that I could compete against these girls in the Lower 48 and I got a big PR today, so I was really excited,” Ostrander told DyeStat.com.
“In Alaska I have a huge target on my back. I this race, I felt more free.”
The performances by Ostrander and Thomet were impressive, Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar said.
“Especially for Ostrander, who has never raced Outside before,” he said. “This puts her on the Northwest map now. She’s beaten some legitimate kids now.”
Ostrander and Thomet are both ranked 17th in the nation by DyeStat.com. Maton is also ranked in the top 20.