Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike had an Olympic spot in his sights.
Updike moved to first place with 500 meters left in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase finals at the US Olympic Team Trials on Friday in Eugene, Oregon.
The top three runners advanced to the Tokyo Olympics.
Updike couldn’t hold on and finished fifth with a time of 8 minutes, 24.72 seconds.
Hillary Bor (8:21.34), Benard Keter (8:21.81), Mason Ferlic (8:22.05) and Daniel Michalski (8:22.54) finished ahead of Updike.
“That was the hardest race I have done this season,” Updike told KINY radio station in Juneau. “And to end up fifth is pretty good for how crappy I felt.”
Updike told KINY that he woke up Friday morning feeling tired.
KINY reported that before the race Updike, 29, signed with NIKE. Updike said he signed a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Updike posted the fastest preliminary time of 8:22.01 and his 8:17.74 — recorded on April 24 at Hayward Field — still stands as the fastest American time this season.
In the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final on Thursday, Kenai’s Allie Ostrander placed eighth with a personal-best time of 9:26.96.
Emma Coburn (9:09.41), Courtney Frerichs (9:11.79) and Val Constein (9:18.34) grabbed the three Olympic spots.
Ostrander scratches from Saturday’s 10,000-meter finals.