Three Alaskans earn college track All-American honors

May 25, 2014

Alaskans Hans Roelle and Jani Lane of Anchorage and Lucas Updike of Ketchikan each turned in All-American performances at two separate national track and field championships this weekend.

Hans Roelle Track and FieldIn Alabama, Hans Roelle of Eastern Oregon University doubled down on national titles by winning the men’s 800-meter race at the NAIA Championships, his second national title since March.

The junior won the 1,000 meters during the indoor season.

Roelle, of West High fame, won the 800 race Saturday in 1:50.35. He ran near the front the whole way and then made his move over the final 300, outdueling John Hester of Indiana Tech to win by .03 seconds.

Another Alaskan to earn All-American honors was Updike, who also runs for Eastern Oregon University.

Lucas Updike RunningLucas Updike, a junior, finished fourth in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:06.87 at the NAIA Championships.

It was the second fastest time in school history.

A year ago, his twin brother Isaac won a national championship in the same event for Eastern Oregon.

Jani Lane RunningIn Michigan, Jani Lane became the fourth All-American in Michigan Tech history with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA D2 Championships in the 1,500 meters.

Lane, of Service High fame, clocked a time of 3:48.84.

“I had a tough time adjusting to the tough competition down here at nationals, but I’m happy I was able to sneak in as All-American,” Lane told his school’s website. “I’m pleased with my first experience at NCAAs.

“Being an All-American means a lot for our program. We don’t always get the big-time athlete … but we put in all the hard work and train through some tough [Upper Peninsula] weather to compete at a very high level.”