Evan Jager's Steeple Debut at Mt. Sac Relays a Very Successful 8:26.14

By LetsRun.com
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.

Full Mt. Sac Results here *Time schedule here  *Runnerspace and Flotrack are both doing live streams of Mt. Sac.

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 
  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  

Last 2 Laps (or Full Race)
of Jager's Steeple Debut

Post Race Interview


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