Former Jacobs running star Evan Jager is a relative novice in the steeplechase. But Jager will continue to gain more experience in the event on the most prestigious stage.
He qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals Thursday night in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Jager, a 2007 graduate of Jacobs, won the event in eight minutes and 17.40 seconds to finish ahead of Princeton graduate and NCAA champion Donn Cabral (8:19.81). Jager's time was the best by an American in 2012.
The 23-year-old Jager just ran his first competitive steeplechase race nine weeks ago, and his previous best time was 8:20.90. Jager won four state running titles at Jacobs and ran for a year at Wisconsin before turning professional.