Boise State Names Athletes of The Year
Boise State has announced it's male and female athlete of the year and neither is a big surprise.
Distance runner Allie Ostrander and former linebacker and NFL first round draft pick Leighton Vander Esch.
Both had great seasons and here's a recap for both:
Female Athlete of the Year Allie Ostrander, who was announced Wednesday as the Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year, has been named Boise State’s Female Athlete of the Year for the third-consecutive year. At this year’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Ostrander became just the second back-to-back women’s steeplechase champion in NCAA history, and the first to accomplish the feat as an underclassman. She is also just the second Bronco to win multiple national championships, joining recent Boise State Hall of Fame inductee Gabriel Wallin, who won the javelin in both 2004 and 2005. She was named the Mountain West Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year for a second-straight year, becoming the first athlete in conference history to win the award in back-to-back seasons. She combined to garner five All-America honors in 2017-18, a career high and giving her eight for her career.
Male Athlete of the Year Leighton Vander Esch became Boise State’s fifth first-round selection in the National Football League Draft, going to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 19. He put together one of the top all-around defensive campaigns in recent Bronco history in 2017, leading the team in tackles (141), intercepting three passes, forcing four fumbles, and recording 4.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles-for-loss. Individually, Vander Esch ranked 14th in the FBS with 10.1 tackles per game, as well as fifth in the country with 6.5 solo tackles per game. The Riggins, Idaho, native became the first Bronco to be named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, and backed it up with being named the Defensive MVP of the Mountain West Championship Game.