Updike upsets U.S. steeplechase champion at Oregon Relays
Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike upset the reigning steeplechase national champion and hit the Olympic qualifying standard at the Oregon Relays at historic Hayward Field in Eugene.
The Alaskan clocked a personal-best 8:17.74 – the world’s fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time this year.
Updike shaved seven seconds off his PR and took down reigning U.S. champ Hillary Bor, who was third.
Updike, of Ketchikan High fame, and runner-up Mason Ferlic both hit the Olympic standard of 8:22.00 – nearly doubling the number of Americans with the standard.
He instantly inserted himself into the national conversation when it comes to the steeplechase.
His time of 8:17.74 is the fastest for an Alaska, according to track historian Arielle Himelbloom.
Not since Don Clary’s 8:26.8 in 1979 had an Alaskan gone so fast in the steeplechase.