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Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike runs a world leading time in the steeplechase at USATF Grand Prix

FILE--In this May 30, 2015, file photo, Hayward Field is seen during the Prefontaine Classic...
FILE--In this May 30, 2015, file photo, Hayward Field is seen during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore. The Eugene City Council has declined to nominate Hayward Field's East Grandstand, shown at right in this photo, as a city historic landmark. The 93-year-old grandstand at the University of Oregon's track and field stadium is scheduled for demolition. The venue has played host to numerous U.S. track and field championships and the Olympic trials. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)(Don Ryan | AP)
Published: Apr. 24, 2021 at 8:37 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike put the world on notice Saturday after winning the Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in a world-leading time of 8 minutes 17.74 seconds at the USA Track and Field Grand Prix.

This was the first professional meet held at the newly remodeled Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. The historic track and field stadium will also host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in June which Updike qualified for on Saturday. In 2016, he was a finalist in the steeplechase at the Olympic trials.

Updike runs for the New Jersey New York Track Club and went to college at Eastern Oregon University. He grew up in Ketchikan playing soccer and wasn’t a part of the track team in high school, according to NJNYTC.

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