Alaska women Roelle, Schmidt, Blackmore headed to Nationals

November 6, 2016

Rachel Roelle Running

Rachel Roelle

Running a smart, savvy race, Rachel Roelle of Anchorage was rewarded for her strategy at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships in Salem, Oregon.

The Eastern Oregon University redshirt junior earned all-conference honors with a fifth-place finish out of 78 college women.

“She came into the meet ranked 15th and ran a superb tactical race on a tough, hilly course under soggy conditions,” said EOU coach Ben Welch of Wasilla.

Roelle, of West High fame, finished the race in 18:50.

She was one of three Alaskans in the top 20.

Rosa Schmidt track and field

Rosa Schmidt

Nome’s Rosa Schmidt helped No. 1-ranked Northwest Christian claim its third consecutive title at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships.

She was one of five runners in the top 10 for the Beacons, who dusted the field with 28 points compared to second-place College of Idaho’s 78 and third-place Oregon Tech’s 80.

Schmidt, a junior, was 10th in 18:56.

This is the second straight year she finished 10th at the CCC Championships to earn all-conference honors.

Northwest Christian is the defending NAIA national champion.

Kayle Blackmore cross country running

Kayle Blackmore

Rounding out the Alaska contingent was a 19th-place effort by Anchorage’s Kayle Blackmore of Southern Oregon University.

The sophomore clocked a time of 19:41.

Blackmore, of West High fame, was her team’s second-fastest runner at the conference meet.

Her effort helped Southern Oregon rack up 96 points to claim fourth place in the team race.

The sophomore was an All-American during track last year.

The Raiders are highly likely to receive an at-large bid for the third straight year to the NAIA Championships, which will take place Nov. 19 in Elsah, Ill. The complete field will be announced next week.