Event: 5,000m, 1,500m
PR: 13:22.18 (2009)
Born: March 8, 1989
Current Residence: Portland, Ore.
High School: Jacob (Algonquin, Ill.) HS Ď07
Coach: Jerry Schumacher
Club: Nike/Oregon Track Club
Project 30 Athlete
Career Highlights: 3rd at USA Outdoor Champs; 2008 USA Junior 1,500m champ; 8th at 2008 World Junior Championships
One year ago, Jager was a 1,500m specialist, who didnít qualify for the Olympic Trials, and in 2009 he qualified for the 2009 World Outdoor Championships by placing third in June at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Jagerís time of 13:22.18 from the USA Championships is a new personal best performance, bettering his previous PR by seven seconds. Jagerís life changed dramatically when the day prior to beginning his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin he decided to leave school and turn pro after learning that his college cross country mentor John Schumacher would be moving to the west coast to train elite athletes with the Oregon Track Club. Jager now lives in Portland, Ore., and is currently taking courses at Portland State University. Jager set a new mile personal best at the 2009 Nike Prefontaine Classic when he crossed the finish line in 3:54.35, which bettered his previous career best by almost nine seconds. A soccer player from the time he was four years old, Jager decided to try cross country in junior high school, where he won a combined four state championships between track and cross country as a prep star in Illinois.
2010: 11th at NY Grand Prix 1,500m (3:38.53).
2009: 3rd at USA Outdoors (13:22.18)...7th in mile at Nike Prefontaine Classic (3:54.35).
2008: USA Junior 1,500m champ (3:47.43)...8th at World Junior Champs (3:49.59)...8th at NCAA Outdoors (3:43.26)...5th at Big Ten Outdoors...best of 3:41.24.
2007: 4th at National Scholastics 2-mile...best of 8:47.59.
2006: 3rd at National Scholastics 2-mile...best of 8:50.42.