Ostrander nabs 3rd Gatorade Runner of Year award

Kenai Central junior Allie Ostrander has been chosen as the Gatorade Alaska Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for the third straight year.

Ostrander, with another year left on the trails, now has more girls runner of the year awards than anybody else.

According to Gatorade’s website, the award has been given out since 2008. Leah Francis of Juneau-Douglas won in 2008 and 2009, while Kenny Lake’s Kailey Wilson won in 2010 and Service’s Jenette Northey won in 2011.

In three years of Alaska cross-country, Ostrander has been beaten just once — during the Class 4A state meet her freshman year when she got dizzy and was eventually disqualified for getting assistance from teammates.

In addition to winning state as a junior, Ostrander also took titles at major meets like the Skyview Invitational, Palmer Invitational and Region III meet.

She also went out-of-state after the season to win Oregon’s George Fox Classic.

The award is for athletic excellence as well as academic achievement and good character.

Ostrander has a 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom. She is also the junior class treasurer, and has volunteered for the food bank and local youth sports programs.

In addition, she started and continues to organize the popular Salmon Run Series, held in the summer at Tsalteshi Trails.

“She never lets down, never gives anything but 110 percent, never makes excuses,” said Kenai Central assistant Maria Calvert in a released statement. “I’m confident that she will make her mark not only in the Alaska high school record books, but in college as well.”

Ostrander is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award.

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