Roelle just misses NAIA All-American finish in EOU swansong

November 21, 2017

Rachel Roelle Cross Country Track

Rachel Roelle

Eastern Oregon senior Rachel Roelle of Anchorage just missed All-American honors at the NAIA Cross Country Championship at Fort Vancouver, Washington.

Racing in her final college cross country race, she finished the women’s 5K course in 18:08 and placed 32nd out of 338 runners to narrowly miss All-American recognition by two spots.

“Rachel ran an exceptional race, using a furious kick over the last 300 plus meters to improve nine spots from last year with, oddly enough, almost the same time of 18:08, despite the different location,” Eastern Oregon coach Ben Welch told me.

Roelle, of West High fame, was the lone Eastern Oregon runner to qualify for nationals.

The Alaskan capped an incredible cross country career in which she recorded the fifth fastest time in program history earlier this season [17:52], earned two All-Cascade Collegiate Conference awards and two trips to the NAIA Championships as an individual.

In twist of fate, she finished her college career one spot ahead of older brother Hans, who was 33rd in 2014.