I have followed Evan Jager closely since his Junior year of HS in our shared home state of Illinois. I am friends with both Evan and his parents. I can tell you with authority that, unfortunately, Evan has been battling an injury this past winter and spring. The recovery has not gone as smoothly as hoped. He has had to do much cross training in the past few months as a result. I believe he has returned to some actual running recently. His challenge will be for him to do regain enough racing fitness over the next 6 weeks … so that he can just "qualify" for the American World Championships Team at the USATF National Champs in Des Moines next week... and buy himself 8 more weeks of training time to more properly prepare for the World Champs in Doha at the end of September. Only someone with Evan's physical ability and mental toughness.... could possibly pull this off. And, I would not bet against him at all. It will be one of the more interesting story lines at our national champs in Des Moines at the end of July. I hope that all of you will join me in wishing Evan well and praying for his complete recovery. What he has accomplished with the 3000 m. steeplechase in the short time since he took the event up in 2012... is really quite phenomenal and unprecedented in my USA T & F History memory.