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Best Badass Bronco 

*Staff Pick

Allie Ostrander can run circles around the competition.

Pete Clark

Allie Ostrander can run circles around the competition.

Allie Ostrander

The Boise State Broncos' football and basketball squads get all the headlines, but we're crazy for Allie Ostrander. She has set the world of track and field on fire and has become a national champion, only the third female and 10th athlete overall to win a NCAA title in Boise State University history. Ostrander gained national attention in 2015 when she finished second at the NCAA cross country national championships. The following year, she participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials, but didn't qualify. Then, injury sidelined Ostrander, leading some to doubt she'd have any future success, but on June 10, 2017, Ostrander won the women's steeplechase title at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. "I'm so happy that after a year out of the sport, I was able to come back, represent Boise State again and win a national title," Ostrander told the media after her emotional win. It was such a pleasant surprise to see Ostrander step onto the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium during the Sept. 2 season opener for the Boise State football team. Ostrander was asked to say a few words, and In her low-key, soft voice, she thanked those who supported her efforts. The real stunner, though, was that the crowd of nearly 30,000 fans brought the nationally-televised football game to a temporary halt in order to give Ostrander a rousing standing ovation. Ostrander appeared to be as overwhelmed as she was grateful. Now, that's a star athlete.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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