BOISE, Idaho — During her collegiate career at Boise State, three-time national 3K steeplechase champion Allie Ostander was often referred to as a "beast" on the track.
One day after confirming her decision to forgo her final year of collegiate eligibility, Ostrander is now officially a member of Team Beasts.
Brooks Running announced the addition of Ostrander to the Beasts Track Club on Twitter, Wednesday morning.
“Welcoming Allie to the team is a big moment for the Beasts," Brooks Sports marketing manager Steve DeKoker told KTVB. "Adding her to our roster demonstrates the team’s growth as well as our continued investment into this part of our sport."
"Allie cares about inspiring runners of all backgrounds." added DeKoker, "Her glass-half-full attitude will be a perfect fit for the team.”
Ostrander told KTVB that she had agreed to a sponsorship deal on Tuesday, but she wasn't allowed to make the announcement yet.
"I've already signed with a company, but it hasn't been released yet, so I can't say who."
Now that it is official, Ostrander says she is more than grateful.
"Running professionally has definitely been a dream of mine ever since I started focusing on running," Ostrander told KTVB. "To be given this opportunity and to see the next portion of my life in front of me, filled with running and racing and chasing my potential, is really exciting."
Ostrander becomes the second local athlete to land a professional running contract with Brooks.
Bishop Kelly alumnus Nick Symmonds spent seven years with Nike and the Oregon Track Club before switching over to Brooks and becoming a Beasts TC member in 2014.
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The two-time Olympian and 2013 800-meter silver medalist at the World Championships in Russia told KTVB that he is excited Ostrander chose to sign with Brooks.
"Brooks was very supportive of me and my career," said Symmonds. "I enjoyed working with them and enjoyed my time in Seattle. I think Allie O is in good hands and I'm excited to see her continue to progress."
Symmonds was also complimentary of Brooks head coach Danny Mackey, who will now instruct Ostrander for Brooks TC.
Ostrander will compete at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, later this month in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The first round will take place on Friday, July 26, with the finals to follow on Sunday, July 28.