Updike, Roelle help Eastern Oregon win Inland Empire title

October 20, 2014

Lucas Updike RunningA pair of Alaskans helped the Eastern Oregon University men’s cross country team enjoy one of the best days in school history.

Buoyed by Ketchikan’s Lucas Updike and Anchorage’s Hans Roelle, the Mountaineers finished with the third best time in school history on their way to winning the Inland Empire Championships in Idaho.

Updike was 14th in the 8K race with a time of 24:43 – the 12th fastest time in Eastern Oregon history.

Two weeks ago, the senior was the team’s No. 1 runner at the 40th annual Willamette Invitational in Oregon, where he finished ninth overall in 25:19.

Hans Roelle Track and FieldRoelle was 18th in the race at the Inland Empire Championships in 25:40 – the 13th fastest time in school history.

Roelle, of West High fame, is also a senior.

The Eastern Oregon women’s team features Anchorage’s Rachel Roelle and Copper Center’s Kailey Wilson and finished fourth at the meet.