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Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike finishes 2 seconds short of the Olympic team in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals

Isaac Updike celebrates after winning the first heat of the men's 3000-meter steeplechase at...
Isaac Updike celebrates after winning the first heat of the men's 3000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Monday, June 21, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)(Ashley Landis | AP)
Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 4:41 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike finished just two seconds short of claiming a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the trials for track and field on Friday.

Updike finished in fifth place in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a time of 8:24.72. Only the top three runners move on to the Olympics.

Updike ran a strong race and even lead the second to last lap. Going into the last water jump, Updike was in third but stumbled just enough to open the door for Mason Ferlic, who ended up taking third and qualifying for the Olympic team.

The top three runners advancing to the Olympic team are:

  1. Hillary Bor with a time of 8:21.34
  2. Benard Keter with a time of 8:21.81
  3. Mason Ferlic with a time of 8:22.05

Even though Updike did not make the Olympic team, he still holds the fastest time in the world at 8:17.64, during the USA Track and Field Grand Prix on the same track in April.

Updike found a way to make it onto the track with some of the fastest runners in the world without the help of any major sponsors. He currently runs for the Empire Elite Track Club after a successful college career at Eastern Oregon University, where he is a national champion and record holder in numerous events.

At 29 years old, one would think that his running career would start to decline, but it appears that he is getting stronger on the track. so we can expect to see more of the Ketchikan native in the years to come.

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