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Once again, Alaska’s Allie Ostrander is best in the west

  • Author: Beth Bragg
    | Sports
  • Updated: November 11, 2018
  • Published November 9, 2018

Boise State’s Allie Ostrander at the 2018 Mountain West Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship in San Diego on Oct. 26. (Justin Tafoya / NCAA Photos)

For the second time in her college cross-country career, Alaska's Allie Ostrander is the best of the west.

Ostrander captured the NCAA West Region championship Friday in Sacramento, California, winning the 6-kilometer race by 13.5 seconds.

The title is the second for Ostrander, a Boise State redshirt junior who won her first West Region crown as a true freshman in 2015.

Ostrander, a Kenai Central graduate, seized control in the second mile of the race and won in 19 minutes, 9 seconds. She finished comfortably ahead of the chase pack, which was led by runner-up Jessica Hull of Oregon (19:22.5).

Ostrander's victory helped Boise State finish second in the women's team standings, four points behind Oregon. Both teams qualified for the NCAA Championships later this month.

"We're not done yet," Ostrander pledged on Twitter.

Friday's win is the latest achievement for Ostrander. She is a two-time NCAA track champion in the steeplechase and has twice placed in the top five at cross-country national championships. She placed second as a true freshman in 2015 and was fourth last season as a redshirt sophomore. She finished second at last season's West Regions.

Ostrander, 21, is also a talented mountain runner. She won the 2017 Mount Marathon with the second-fastest women's time in history and won the junior girls race seven times, a reign she punctuated in her final year by beating all of the boys.

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