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Evan Jager

Evan Jager

Event: Steeplechase
Height: 6-2
Weight: 142
PR: 3,000m SC - 8:06.81 (2012 AR)
Born: 03/08/1989
Current Residence: Portland, Ore.
Hometown: Algonquin, Ill.
High School: Jacobs (Algonquin, Ill.) H.S.
College: Wisconsin
Coach: Jerry Schumacher
Agent: Tom Ratcliffe
Sponsor: Nike
Club: Bowerman Track Club
USA Championships
2013 USA Outdoor champion (8:20.67)
2012 Olympic Trials champion (8:17.40)
Third at 2009 USA Outdoors 5,000m (13:22.18)
2008 USA Junior 1,500m champion (3:47.43)

Awards and Honors
3,000m steeplechase American record holder (8:06.81)

About Evan
The continued ascent of Evan Jager on the steeplechase scene became even more apparent in 2013, as Jager collected his first USA Outdoor championship with a time of 8:20.67. Jager, a relative newcomer to the event, quickly made a name for himself in the men's steeplechase in 2012 when he set the American record at 8:06.81 in just his fifth career event start. He made another international team at the London Olympic Games after also qualifying for Team USA for the World Outdoor Championships in 2009 and the World Junior Championships in 2008. A member of the Oregon Track Club Elite, Jager, who attended college at the University of Wisconsin, is still coached by his college coach Jerry Schumacher. Jager left Wisconsin a year early to sign with Nike and follow Schumacher to Portland. He then enrolled at Portland State University. With his time previously being split between 1,500m and 5,000m, Jager made his debut in the steeplechase earlier in 2012 and still took home the Olympic Trials title after only a handful of career races.
Results
2014:
3rd place in the Mile (3:53.33)PR at Prefontaine Classic; 2nd place at Oslo in the 3000mSC (8:06.97)
2013: USA Outdoor champion (8:20.67); 4th at Prefontaine 3,000m (8:08.60); 2nd at Oxy HP 1500m (3:36.34); 2nd at Seattle Husky Classic indoor mile (3:56.14); 5th at New York Columbia Qualifier indoor 5,000m (13:33.37); 4th in Millrose Games two-mile (8:14.95)
2012: 6th in Olympic Games final (8:23.87); 3rd at Monaco (8:06.81 AR); Olympic Trials champion (8:17.40); 1st at Mt. SAC (8:26.14)
2011: 12th at USA Outdoors 1,500m (3:50.11)
2010: 1st at Seattle UW Invitational indoor 800m (1:50.10)
2009: 3rd at USA Outdoors 5,000m (13:22.18); Ran 13:39.80 in heats at World Outdoor Championships; 2nd at Stanford Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 5,000m (13:29.65)
2008: 8th at World Junior Championships 1,500m (3:49.59)

USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2014:
Outdoor bests - Mile, 3:53.33 (No. 15 in the World);
2013: Indoor bests - 3000m, 7:39.98 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 11 in the World); 2 mile, 8:14.95 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 4 in the World); 5000m, 13:33.37 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 7 in the World); Outdoor bests - 1500m, 3:36.34 (No. 14 in the USA); Mile, 3:56.14 (No. 11 in the USA); 3,000m SC, 8:08.60 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 8 in the World, ranked No. 1 in the USA and No. 10 in the World by T&FN); 5000m, 13:02.40 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 11 in the World, ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests - 3,000m Steeplechase, 8:17.40 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 19 in the world, ranked No. 10 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests - 1,500m, 3:38.80
2010: Outdoor bests - 1,500m, 3:38.53
2009: Outdoor bests - 1,500m (3:38.33) (ranked No. 7 in the USA by T&FN); 5,000m, 13:22.18 (ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
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