Kenai’s Ostrander Misses Olympic Steeplechase Bid

    Allie Ostrander, shown in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase at the Olympic Trials, placed out of the Olympic team. She will run the 10,000 meters on Saturday, still seeking a bid for the Tokyo Olympics.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Kenai High School graduate Allie Ostrander, 24, placed eighth in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday.

      Although she ran a personal best time of nine minutes 26.96 seconds only the top three finishers represent the United States at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. She was one of six runners in Thursday’s field of 14 who ran PRs

      Ostrander’s previous personal best was a 9:30.85 set at the 2019 World Championships.

      Ostrander gets another chance to qualify for Team USA on Saturday, when she is scheduled to race the 10,000 meters at Hayward Field.

      She won 10 state championships in four years while at Kenai Central High School. She attended Boise State and graduated with a degree in exercise sciences and a 4.0 grade point average. After winning her third straight NCAA title she turned pro in 2019 and is sponsored by Brooks Beasts out of Seattle.

      She ran in the 2019 world championships, then suffered a torn Achilles tendon in 2020. 

      She also revealed her ongoing battle with an eating disorder.

      In social media posts she stated, “I am not an example at this point and I am trying so hard to become one. But I’m not one right now, so just know that and know that I’m truly sorry, and I really, really want to make up for any damage I’ve done by sharing my story with mental illness and recovery. So bear with me, I’m going to be better.”

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