Alaskans Win at World Mountain Running Championships
Allie Ostrander gets first, Levi Thomet second
Allie Ostrander, from Soldotna, Alaska, won the women’s junior title at the World Mountain Running Championship in Snowdonia, North Wales, on Saturday, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. Fellow Alaskan Levi Thomet placed second in the junior men’s race, the highest finish ever by a U.S. runner in that event.
Ostrander, 18, ran the 2.92-mile course, which featured 820 feet of elevation gain and descent, in 19:44, according to Competitive Runner. Thomet, 18, from Kodiak, Alaska, ran the men’s race, which featured two loops of the same course, in 33:50.
In May, both runners set state records in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters at the Alaska high school track and field championships, according to Alaska Dispatch News. Ostrander went on to win the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.
Ostrander is also a six-time junior women’s champion at the Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska. This July, in her debut in the senior women’s category, she ran the second-fastest women’s time in race history, finishing second behind Sweden’s Emilie Forsberg.
Ostrander recently began her freshman year running for Boise State. Thomet is studying in Germany for a year before running for Oregon.