Ostlund wins title, awaits special teammate next season

OC's Katie Ostlund won the javelin national championship at the NCCAA Outdoor Championships this spring.
OC's Katie Ostlund won the javelin national championship at the NCCAA Outdoor Championships this spring.

By Callie White
OKLAHOMA CITY (July 25, 2013) – Katie Ostlund represented Oklahoma Christian as a champion at the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships in May, making history as only the third OC female track and field student-athlete to win a national title.

The junior-to-be from Mount Hope, Kan., was the first to do so since Denise Mattoon’s first-place finish in the NAIA indoor weight throw in 2011. Ostlund claimed the NCCAA title in the javelin with a throw of 136 feet, out-throwing the runner-up by over 13 feet.

Ostlund also earned All-America honors for her second consecutive season throwing the javelin, as she finished third in the NAIA in the event as a freshman in 2010. Despite her tremendous success so far in her career, Ostlund is working to improve even more for the upcoming season.

“I have done well, but I have a lot to improve on,” Ostlund said. “I have been working on being faster in my approach and stronger.  I am comfortable with my form and now it is just a matter of being faster.”

The key to her success, like most athletes, is repetition.

“This summer I have been lifting a lot and just doing repetition of my approach,” Ostlund said.  “To get better, I have to keep working hard and hopefully it will all pay off.”

Ostlund is looking forward to next year for many reasons, one of which is the newest addition to the OC track and field team – her sister Miranda, who signed her letter of intent to compete for the Lady Eagles.

“I’m excited and thankful to have the opportunity to compete with my sister, and to compete at a Christian school,” Miranda Ostlund said.

Miranda will compete in the shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throws, and she is expected to make an immediate impact on the team.

“Having Miranda here next year will make both of us work harder,” Katie said. “She has a lot of talent, and we will be able to help each other out.”

As for competing against her younger sister, Katie looks forward to that.

“Even though it is fun to beat each other, I know we will be supportive,” Katie said. “If she has a good throw, I will be excited for her and she will be the same for me.  We were on the same team in high school and things went well. We have experienced competing together, and it will be a challenge, but really fun.”

Even though Katie is a champion in the javelin, she is looking to improve her hammer throws and compete at nationals next year in that event.

Additionally, Katie alluded to other goals in place that she wishes to accomplish in the upcoming season.

“I want to reach my personal best in the javelin and be an All-American again,” she said. “I am going to try to get back in the high 140s, but it would be great if I could get even higher.”