Evan Jager's Steeple Debut at Mt. Sac Relays a Very Successful 8:26.14
April 20, 2012
Evan Jager, the Oregon Track Club runner who made the World Championship team at 5000m as a 20 year old, made his steeplechase debut at the Mt. Sac Relays last night and the result was a big pr and win in a meet record 8:26.14. Finishing third was two time US World Championship team member Dan Huling.
A great debut for Jager. With Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp, Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp all possibly contesting 5000m, Jager realizes making the Olympic team in the steeple might be a lot easier.
The steeple is sometimes viewed as the graveyard of distance runners, but Jager is a top flight talent turning to steeple at a young age, and his initial run shows he has a lot of promise in it.
To put Jager's run in perspective, last year only two Americans (Billy Nelson and Ben Bruce) broke 8:20 in the event. The Olympic "A" qualifying standard is 8:23.10. The American record is Dan Lincoln's 8:08.82 from 2006.
Video of Jager's last two laps (or the full race below). Plus a post-race interview.
Great Women's 5k and Puma Miles Highlight Friday
Mt. Sac continues tonight with a great women's 5000m and the $5000 Puma Miles ($2500 for first place). The women's 5000m is the top event with world 1500m champion Jenny Simpson, American record holder Molly Huddle, NCAA champ Sheila Reid, Sara Hall, Julie Culley and the improving Brie Felnagle all on the start lists. Nice article on Huddle's preparations here.
The Puma miles are led on the men's side by sub 3:50 miler Andy Baddeley and on the women's side by Alice Schmidt and Hilary Stellingwerff. Previews of mile here.
On Saturday is the sprints (Carmelita Jeter running) and the women's 800m with Maggie Vessey.
Event 119 Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase Invit Elite ================================================================ 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 ================================================================ 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