Evan Jager wins steeplechase debut at Mt. Sac Relays

Evan Jager - OTC Elite/Portland

Evan Jager of OTC Elite/Portland took the win at the Mt. Sac Relays steeplechase breaking Marc Davis’ meet record in 8:26.14.

Jager, a member of 2009 World Championship 5000m team, looked impressive throughout the event.  Following the early lead of previous US champ, Dan Huling, Jager bolted to the lead with 1000m to go and never looked back.

His winning time was good for an Olympic Trials ‘A’ & Olympic Games ‘B’ standard.

Jager told Flotrack in a post race interview that he’s been practicing hurdles two or three times per week since last October.  Along with Jerry Schumacher, Jager is being coached in the event by two-time US steeplechase Olympian, Pascal Dobert.

The former Wisconsin Badger will race the steeplechase at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational next weekend & June’s Olympic Trials.

With such a strong debut, the future looks bright in the event for the Illinois native and could provide him the best opportunity to represent the red, white and blue in London this summer.

Event 119  Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase Invit Elite
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World Record: W 7:53.63  2004        Saif Shaheen, Qatar       
American Rec: @ 8:08.82  2006        Daniel Lincoln, Nike       
Meet Record: $ 8:26.6h  1993        Marc Davis, Footlocker

    Name                    Year Team                    Finals=================================================
                                     
1 Jager, Evan                  Oregon Track Club      8:26.14$
2 Pena, Jose                   Venezuela              8:30.01
3 Huling, Dan                  Reebok                 8:33.03
4 Nowitzke, Corey              Unattached             8:35.79
5 Winter, Chris                Speed River TFC        8:36.04
6 Weese, Lyle                  Unattached             8:40.53
7 Heath, Kyle                  U.S. Army              8:42.56
8 Maiyo, Augustus              WC Athlete Prog        8:43.83
9 Dentamo, Adu                 Brooks Team Indi       8:44.13
10 Bor, Hillary                Unattached             8:44.34 
11 Fife, Jordan                Brooks Team Indi       8:47.80 
12 Tyner, Justin               U.S. Air Force         8:50.22 
13 Magidi, Itay                Nike Oregon Project    8:50.93 
14 Kloos, Thomas               adidas/BATC            8:59.78 
15 Ricardi, John               Club Northwest         9:01.76

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