Boise State's Ostrander and New Mexico's Frerichs Nominated For Honda Sport Award For Cross Country

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) announced its four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for cross country on Monday, November 23. Boise State’s Allie Ostrander and New Mexico’s Courtney Frerichs were selected as nominees based on their top four finish in the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ostrander, the runner-up at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship was the Broncos top finisher in every meet this season, claiming victories in four competitions.  She is the only underclassman nominee and would be the first freshman to win the award since 1985.

Frerichs was the top Lobo finisher at nationals placing fourth. She helped guide the New Mexico women to their first NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship title and the best individual finish in program history.  She is the second nominee in New Mexico history for the Honda Sports Award in any sport. Caroline Keggi was nominated and won the award for women’s golf during the 1986-87 season. 

Both earned United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Cross Country All-American honors.  It is the first All-American selection for Ostrander and third career selection for Frerichs.

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 40 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics." The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2016 Honda Cup.

The Honda Sport award winner for cross country will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.