EUGENE -- Boise State star freshman Allie Ostrander can now add 'national champion' to her long list of accolades.
On the final lap of the NCAA track & field championships 3,000 meter steeplechase final, Ostrander trailed Colorado freshman Madison Boreman.
"I was prepared to have a fast last lap in the race and on that back stretch I was trying to get into a good position where I would have a good angle at the water jump so that I could get through that and really go down the home stretch strong."
Ostrander did just that and pulled away to finish with a time of 9:41.31, the fastest collegiate time this year and five seconds faster than the rest of the competition.
"I was just thinking the whole time that I had to give everything that I could in that moment so that I wouldn't have any regrets when I looked back," Ostrander said.
It was only the fourth time in her career that she has run competitively in the event.
She becomes the tenth individual national champion in Boise State history.
Less than 90 minutes later, Ostrander ran in the 5,000 meter finals, finishing in fourth place. Teammate Claire O'Brien finished tied for 17th.
"It definitely took quite a bit out of me," Ostrander said about running in the 5,000 meters. "But I was still happy that I did it and gave it a go, even though it probably wasn't what I could have done if I hadn't done the steeplechase."
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