Boise State’s Os­tran­der sets un­match­able pace at NCAA West Re­gional cross coun­try meet

The Idaho Statesman - - Sports - BY RACHEL ROBERTS rroberts@ida­hostates­

Al­lie Os­tran­der didn’t sim­ply win the NCAA West Re­gional cross coun­try meet, she down­right dom­i­nated it.

Boise State’s two-time na­tional cham­pion in the steeplechase won the women’s 6-kilo­me­ter race by more than 13 sec­onds and 75 me­ters on Fri­day at Hag­gin Oaks Golf Com­plex in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia.

Os­tran­der clocked a time of 19 min­utes, 9 sec­onds to lead the thir­dranked Bron­cos to a sec­ond-place fin­ish be­hind No. 2 Ore­gon, se­cur­ing an au­to­matic bid to the NCAA Na­tional Cham­pi­onships on Nov. 17 in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin. The Ducks to­taled 44 points to Boise State’s 49.

Boise State’s five scor­ing run­ners placed among the top 16, with ju­nior Clare O’Brien in sixth (19:33.8), sopho­more Emily Ven­ters in 11th (19:53.9), se­nior Alexis Fuller in 15th (20:02.9) and fresh­man Max­ine Pa­holek in 16th (20:06.5).

In the men’s 10k, No. 9 Boise State out­per­formed its rank­ing and had its top re­gional fin­ish in pro­gram his­tory with a third-place show­ing and 102 points. No. 4 Port­land claimed the re­gional ti­tle for the sec­ond year in a row with 77 points, and No. 7 Wash­ing­ton was sec­ond with 82 points.

Port­land se­nior Nick Hauger was the men’s in­di­vid­ual win­ner in 29:42.4.

The Boise State men, which were led by se­nior Ad­di­son DeHaven in sev­enth (29:47.8), are ex­pected to re­ceive an at-large in­vi­ta­tion to na­tion­als.

The Bron­cos’ other scor­ing run­ners were ju­nior Miler Haller in 14th (29:50.8), sopho­more Eli­jah Arm­strong in 19th (29:54.6), sopho­more Ahmed Muhumed in 29th (30:08.1) and se­nior Ri­ley Camp­bell in 38th (30:18.5).

Note: Boise High grad­u­ate Emily Ham­lin, now a se­nior at Wash­ing­ton, took 34th in the women’s race in 20:39.5. The Huskies were fourth as a team and likely will re­ceive an at-large bid to na­tion­als.

Al­lie Os­tran­der

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