Roelle breaks school record, qualifies for NAIA championships

February 15, 2016

Rachel Roelle RunningRachel Roelle of Anchorage broke the Eastern Oregon University school record in the 1,000-meter run at the Boise State Team Challenge in Idaho.

The sophomore clocked a time of 2:57.86, slashing 10 seconds off her personal best.

In addition, her time qualified her for the NAIA national championships next month in Johnson City, Tennessee.

“Part of what makes that a remarkable run is she ran her previous best just a few weeks ago,” EOU coach Ben Welch of Wasilla told me.

Roelle, of West High fame, now ranks seventh in the country.

“We do not get to run the 1,000 very often and this was just her third attempt ever at the distance,” Welch said.