Alaska runners, coaches excel at college regionals
Updike finished second at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships in Caldwell, Idaho, covering the 8-K race in 25:47. Last spring he won a national title in the steeplechase.
At California Baptist, cross country head coach Ben Gall of Anchorage has guided the Lancers to nationals in their first season at the NCAA D2 level.
Cal Baptist finished fifth at the West Region Meet to snag the final berth to nationals, Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash.
“Our men set a goal a year and a half ago to qualify for the NCAA national championships in their first opportunity,” Gall told the school’s website. “They really wanted to establish CBU cross country in the NCAA as part of their legacy as Lancers. The entire team, including the athletes not competing next weekend, have worked really hard to make that goal a reality. The coaching staff could not be more proud of how hard they worked to get here.”
“Jani had an awesome day being all-region,” his coach told the school’s website. “It’s been a few years since we’ve had an all-region runner and he deserved it with they way he prepared himself.”