Ostrander and Updike share Alaska Athlete of the Week honors
Kenai’s Allie Ostrander and Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike were named Alaska Athlete of the Week co-winners after turning in outstanding performances against elite fields of professionals in the steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Ostrander clocked a personal best time of 9:26 in the 3,000-meter obstacle race. The 24-year-old cut nearly four seconds off her previous PR and finished eighth out of 14 runners with an Olympic berth on the line.
Her 8th place finish matched her placement in the 2016 trials.
With the top three finishers advancing to the Olympics, Updike led the men’s race into the final lap before fading to 5th place with a time of 8:24.
A late bloomer, the 29-year-old Updike has developed recently into one of the top steeplechase runners in the country and his time of 8:17 remains the top American performance this year.
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.