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Welch never forgets his AK roots [Cross Country]

Being that Ben Welch was born and raised in Alaska, he still feels a strong connection with his home state even though he now lives in La Grande, Ore. Maybe that’s why the Eastern Oregon University cross country and track coach surrounds himself with Alaska runners. There are nearly a dozen competing for the NAIA… Read more »

Roelle caps college career with NAIA steeplechase national title

Weather delays couldn’t derail Eastern Oregon University senior Rachel Roelle of Anchorage at the NAIA Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She remained calm, cool and collected before dropping the hammer on the competition for a dominating victory in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Roelle, of West High fame, crushed her own school record… Read more »

Roelle rips off two PRs, wins three medals at conference meet

Anchorage’s Rachel Roelle of Eastern Oregon University ripped off a massive 11-second personal record in the 1,500-meter run at the Cascade Conference Championships in Hermiston, Oregon. The senior clocked a time of 4:34.01 to break a 9-year-old school record and hit the NAIA national qualifying mark in earning a silver medal in the women’s final…. Read more »

Roelle just misses NAIA All-American finish in EOU swansong

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… Read more »

Roelle the last in line of All-Americans from Alaska for EOU

Eastern Oregon University cross country and track coach Ben Welch has a problem. He’s running out of Alaskans. The longtime NAIA coach has had incredible success recruiting runners from his home state, particularly two families – the Roelles out of West Anchorage and the Updikes from Ketchikan. “I don’t specifically target certain families, but when… Read more »

Alaska women Roelle, Schmidt, Blackmore headed to Nationals

Running a smart, savvy race, Rachel Roelle of Anchorage was rewarded for her strategy at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships in Salem, Oregon. The Eastern Oregon University redshirt junior earned all-conference honors with a fifth-place finish out of 78 college women. “She came into the meet ranked 15th and ran a superb tactical race on… Read more »

Roelle breaks school record, qualifies for NAIA championships

Rachel Roelle of Anchorage broke the Eastern Oregon University school record in the 1,000-meter run at the Boise State Team Challenge in Idaho. The sophomore clocked a time of 2:57.86, slashing 10 seconds off her personal best. In addition, her time qualified her for the NAIA national championships next month in Johnson City, Tennessee. “Part… Read more »