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7/5/2019
Alaska runner Allie Ostrander to go pro

By The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — A Boise State University track champion has chosen to give up her final season of college eligibility and become a professional athlete.

The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that Allie Ostrander hired an agent Sunday and is negotiating a contract.

Ostrander won three consecutive collegiate national titles in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, including a school record-setting performance last month.

Agent Ray Flynn says Ostrander will concentrate on preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Flynn says she has not yet decided what event she will pursue at the professional level.

She finished the year ranked in the national collegiate top 20 in three distances, including first in the 10,000 meters.

Ostrander was a high school star at Kenia Central High School, from which she graduagted in 2015.

She also began cometing in the Mt. Marathon race in Seward in grade school, winning the half-distance, junior version of the race six times in a row.

She won the race in 2017.

Ostrander graduated from Boise State in May.