Roelle shakes off elements, runs season best times in two events

May 11, 2014

Hans Roelle Track and FieldIt was windy, it was cold and he had a sore calf muscle.

So of course Hans Roelle of Anchorage ran his best at the Cascade Conference Championships in Idaho.

The Eastern Oregon University junior finished third in the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 3:51.28 and the next day won the 800 in a school-record 1:49.76.

Roelle, of West High fame, also booked his ticket to the NAIA national championships later this month in Alabama.

He entered the meet ranked third in NAIA with a previous best time of 1:51.17 and then beat two guys who had run 1:50s this year.

“As he did earlier in the season, when he set his previous personal best, he opened the race in mid-55 seconds (55.7 this time and 55.6 before),” EOU coach Ben Welch told me. “The difference is he ran the second lap today in basically 54 flat.

“Despite some strong winds, he won by just over a second. Most of that gap came in the last 80 meters as that is when Hans took the lead for the first time. This all despite having a calf muscle sore enough we pulled him off the 4×400 relay later in the meet.”

Lucas Updike RunningAnother EOU runner from Alaska, Lucas Updike of Ketchikan, won the conference title in the 3,000 steeplechase [9:22] in a tactical battle with a runner from Southern Oregon.

Updike won by almost ten seconds, even though he didn’t pull away until after the 2,000-meter mark. It is his second-best time after his winning time of 9:17 at the Pacific Twilight meet just last week. His time at Pacific qualified him for the NAIA national meet in two weeks.