Updike, Roelle represent Alaska at USATF Indoor Championships

February 25, 2019
Isaac Updike track and field

Isaac Updike

Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike turned in a personal-best result and Anchorage’s Hans Roelle turned in a top-10 finish at the USATF Indoor Championships in New York, New York.

They used to represent Alaska at Eastern Oregon University, where each runner was a six-time NAIA All-American and individual national champion. Then with Team Run Eugene.

They have since gone different directions but still wound up together at the USATF Indoor Championships.

Updike, of Ketchikan High fame, recorded a PR in the men’s 2-mile run with a time of 8:39.03 to finish 14th out of 23 finishers.

Hans Roelle track and field

Hans Roelle

It was his second PR this month. A couple weeks ago, he won the 3,000-meter run in a photo finish at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.

A professional runner with the New York New Jersey Track Club, Updike clocked a time of 7:56.63 to top a field of 205.

Roelle, of West High fame, competed in the men’s open 1,000 as an unattached runner.

He finished seventh out of 24 with a time of 2:22.76, missing his PR by less than a half a second.

He was a three-time national champion at Eastern Oregon.