Steeplechase standout Updike named Alaska Athlete of the Week
Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after his stunning upset of the reigning steeplechase national champion 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 and qualified for the Olympic trials. He shaved seven seconds off his PR and took down reigning U.S. champ Hillary Bor, who was third.
Updike, of Ketchikan High fame instantly inserted himself into the national conversation when it comes to the steeplechase. His time of 8:17.74 is the fastest for an Alaskan and not since Don Clary’s 8:26.8 in 1979 had an Alaskan gone so fast in the event.
The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.
View past winners here.