Kim Conley (15:09) and Allie O (15:21) Explode In UW Invite 5K

If you blinked, you missed an absolutely bonkers Friday evening of track and field. Nothing was more eye-popping than the women’s 5k at the Washington Invite in Seattle.

What’s More Impressive, Kim Conley’s 15:09 Or Allie Ostrander’s 15:21?


That’s the question I was asking myself after watching these two ladies each hit grand slams at the Dempsey.

Watch the race:



First for Conley, her 15:09.31 came oh so close to her 15:08 outdoor PR, an absolutely unbelievable performance for certain. Conley was said to be targeting the 15:24 Olympic standard, and then proceeded to make a mockery of it with a time that marks the fastest indoor 5,000m performance by an American ever before February.

Although it won’t officially count because of it being run on an over-sized track, the 29-year-old’s time is the fourth-fastest ever by an American indoors.

For it being January, Conley is running like a well-oiled machine right now, as her race tonight came just five days after she ran a 4:27 mile World lead at the Armory. After an injury-plagued 2015, the Olympian is well on her way to a career year.



And then there’s Boise State’s Ostrander, who showed us this past fall just how special of a talent she can be. Tonight was no exception, as the diminutive frosh busted out a 15:21.85 5k debut, an outrageous time for an athlete with no prior experience in the distance.

Of course, you figured Ostrander was going to be really good at this race since she was runner-up at NCAA XC in November, but 15:21 surpasses my wildest imagination of what she could run this early in her career. During the week, I made what I thought to be a decently bold pick that she would run 15:38-ish. Not even close.

Even more exciting is that Allie O likely could’ve run a few seconds quicker if she had gone out a bit more aggressively. She stayed with the chase pack for the first 3k, but ended up beating the third place finisher by nearly 24 seconds. Even so, I don't think she’ll be too upset with the fastest time in the NCAA right now also by 24 seconds.



Although it won’t officially count on the all-time list because of the over-sized track, the time is ninth-fastest in NCAA history and the best ever by a true frosh. Is she the NCAA favorite? We can’t say for sure until all the other contenders—namely, NCAA XC champ Molly Seidel and 15:20 performer Sarah Disanza— debut, but Ostrander has once again put her name right up there just as she did in the fall. And just like her fellow frosh Donavan Brazier, Ostrander now has an Olympic qualifier in her back pocket. The future is bright, ya’ll.

As far as my dilemma of picking a more impressive performance between Conley and Ostrander, I’ll call it a draw. Both= spectacular.

NCAA DIII XC Recap: North Central Wins No. 19 In Rout, WashU. Scores Upset

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloTrack!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Race Replay: 2018 DIII NCAA XC Championship Men's 8k

A shocking upset in the women’s race and a dominant performance by the winningest men’s program in NCAA cross country history told the story on Saturday at the 2018 DIII NCAA XC Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as the Washington U. women beat two-time defending champs Johns Hopkins by one point, while the North Central men won their 19th DIII title with their lowest point total since 1993.

Morgan McDonald Reigns, NAU Three-Peats At NCAA XC Championships

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloTrack!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Race Replay: 2018 DI NCAA XC Championship Men's 10k

MADISON, WI. — The men's NCAA DI XC Championships made history on Saturday morning as Wisconsin senior Morgan McDonald became the first man to win the individual title on his home course since 1992, and Northern Arizona became the first team to win three consecutive team titles since 1998.

Champion Dani Jones Leads Colorado To NCAA XC Team Title

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloTrack!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Race Replay: 2018 DI NCAA XC Championship Women's 6k

MADISON, WI. — You couldn't write a better story for Colorado senior Dani Jones, who captured her first individual cross country national title while leading the Buffs to their first team championship in 14 years.

Coast Guard's Kaitlyn Mooney Eyes NCAA History At DIII XC

When Coast Guard sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney crosses the finish line Saturday at the 2018 DIII NCAA XC Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, there’s a very good chance she’ll have accomplished a feat that no other woman has in NCAA history.

Loyalty To Team Is The Driving Force At NCAA Cross Country Championships

(c) 2018 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

MADISON, Wisc. (16-Nov) -- Morgan McDonald has worn the Australian colors in five global championships, and placed eighth at last April's Commonwealth Games in the 5000m on home soil.  But the 22 year-old senior from Sydney, who will be running his final cross country race tomorrow for the University of Wisconsin, said those championships don't compare to tomorrow's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships here when it comes to his drive to succeed as a member of a team.

2018 DIII NCAA XC All-American Projections

NCAA XC: Dynasties On The Line

Below are FloTrack's 2018 projections for the men's and women's DIII NCAA XC All-Americans:

Former NCAA Stars Make Their XC Predictions

NCAA XC: Dynasties On The Line

Watch the 2018 DI NCAA XC Championships LIVE on FloTrack, Saturday Nov. 17th!

DIII NCAA XC Women's Preview: Hopkins Hones In On Dynasty

Workout Wednesday: Johns Hopkins Men & Women

The 2018 DIII NCAA women’s cross country championships will feature a favorite in Johns Hopkins looking to expand on their recent dynasty, and a slew of challengers seeking to put an end to the Blue Jays’ dominance. Hopkins will race for their sixth title since 2012 on Saturday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a run that only one other DIII women’s program in history has accomplished. It should be fascinating to watch it all unfold in brutal cross country conditions this weekend.

Deep Field Tries To Take Down New Mexico, Kelati Goes For First Title

NCAA XC: Dynasties On The Line

It didn’t take long for the narrative of the women’s NCAA cross country season to shift. New Mexico entered the fall with three of the nation’s best runners, high profile transfers, and a clear line to their third team title in four years. 

NCAA XC Champs Confidence Picks: NAU Three-Peats, McDonald Edges Fisher

The stakes are clear and the storylines are well established.