Updike, Roelle named All-Americans [Track]

June 6, 2013

Isaac Updike

Ketchkan’s Isaac Updike and Anchorage’s Hans Roelle of Eastern Oregon University earned NAIA All-America honors by virtue of their performances at the national championships in Marion, Ind.

Updike won the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Roelle finished third in the men’s 800 with a PR time.

Isaac Updike

Together, they led Eastern Oregon to an 11th-place finish as a team.

Updike, of Ketchikan High fame, became the school’s eighth national champion since 1955 when he won the steeplechase with a PR time of 8:55.16.

The junior’s previous season best was an 8:57.93 at the Stanford Invitational.

He ran 35 seconds faster in the final than in the prelims en route to breaking the school record.

“Impressive wire-to-wire victory,” EOU coach Ben Welch told the school’s website. “He didn’t let the pressure of being the favorite get to him. He took the lead from the gun and controlled the race throughout.”

Roelle, of West High fame, was third in the 800 after making a move late in the race. Boxed in a group of runners near the 600 mark, the sophomore sprung free to pass two people and nearly catch the top two finishers.

He settled for a PR and All-America honors.

“Hans just ran out of time,” his coach said.