Mountain West Announces 2016 Indoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boise State senior David Elliott has been selected as the 2015-16 Mountain West Men’s Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year, while Broncos’ freshman Allie Ostrander has been voted the Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year. Elliott and Ostrander become the first two individuals from Boise State to earn the honors.
The Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the outstanding male and female athletes in the sport of indoor track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution.
Elliott finished fifth in the Mile Run at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships to garner first-team All-America honors. The Puyallup, Washington, native also collected a second-team All-America nod thanks to a 13th-place finish in the 3,000 Meter Run. The senior earned All-Mountain West accolades in three events following the conclusion of the 2016 MW Indoor Championships. Elliott placed first in the Mile with a time of 4:09.94 to edge Utah State sophomore Dillon Maggard. Elliott helped the Broncos’ Distance Medley Relay team to a second-place finish, before concluding the Championships with a third-place time in the 3,000 Meter Run. On February 12, Elliott ran the third-fastest mile in Conference history, recording a time of 3:57.38 in Seattle, Washington.
Ostrander broke onto the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field scene this season with record-setting performances in the 3,000 and 5,000 Meter Runs. The freshman shattered the Conference’s all-time mark in the 5,000 Meter Run on January 29 in Seattle, Washington with a time of 15:21.85. Two weeks later on February 12, Ostrander returned to Seattle and established a new MW record in the 3,000 Meter Run with a time of 8:54.27. At the 2016 MW Indoor Championships, the Kenai, Alaska, native, was part of the Broncos’ Distance Medley Relay team which set a new Championship record with a mark of 11:16.41. The first-place finish earned the DMR team All-Mountain West accolades. Ostrander became the first Boise State female student-athlete to qualify for nationals since Emma Bates in 2014.