Updike brothers go 1-2 in steeplechase heat at Mt. SAC Relays

April 17, 2015

Isaac Updike Track and FieldThe Eastern Oregon University track team is competing at the 57th annual Mt. SAC Relays in California this weekend for the first time.

Two brothers from Alaska helped EOU make quite the impression.

Isaac Updike and Lucas Updike of Ketchikan went 1-2 in the opening heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase to help both hit their NAIA A standard and one a school record.

Isaac broke his own school record with a time of 8:54.74 – the second-fastest 3,000 steeplechase time in all of NAIA this year.

The senior took control after three laps and ran solo the rest of the way.

Lucas Updike RunningLucas finished second in 9:00.25 after breaking free from the pack after the fourth lap and maintaining his position. He improved his PR by six seconds and is now No. 2 on the school’s all-time list.

“Despite the wind and a somewhat disappointing heat from a competition standpoint, both Isaac and Lucas performed well,” EOU coach Ben Welch of Wasilla told me. “This is our first time here, so to have the Updike brothers finish 1-2 in the first race of this year’s meet was quite fun.”