American Record Holder 3000SC
1500 – 3:32.97 3000SC - 8:00.45 5000 – 13:02.40
Silver Medalist 2016 Olympic Games 3000SC
Bronze Medalist 2017 World Championships 3000SC
Fastest 1500 by an American on U.S. soil – 3:32.97
7x USATF Champion – 3000SC
Jacobs High School ‘07 (Algonquin, IL)
9th Footlocker Nationals (’05)
4x IL State Champion (1 XC, 3 Track)
Mile-4:05.68, 2-mile 8:47.59
Evan Jager noticed he didn't get tired on the soccer field as fast as his friends did when they were in grade school. He could run longer and faster than anyone else on the team. In 6th grade on a dirt road in Michigan Evan’s father measured out a 1-mile stretch and timed him. He finished in about 6:30. It was then that he told Evan if he could manage to run a 5-minute mile he would buy him a Mustang 5.0. Two years later, as an 8th grader, he lived up to his end of the bargain...so did his father. The car sat for 18 months until he was old enough to drive it!
Besides being hurt his freshman year of track, Evan’s high school career at Jacobs High School (Algonquin, IL) was phenomenal. His progression in the mile/2-mile from 10th grade to senior year was 4:25/9:22, 4:08/8:50 and 4:05/8:47. He placed 9th at the Footlocker XC Championship his junior year. As one might imagine, he would be recruited by many colleges. In the end, it was Wisconsin coach Jerry Schumacher that Evan connected with the most. By the end of his freshman year, he placed 8th at the NCAA championships and 8th at the Jr. World Championships in the 1500. That same summer, Evan made the decision to leave Wisconsin to follow Coach Schumacher to Oregon to run for the team he was starting which is now the Bowerman Track Club. He continued his education at Portland State University where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in Health Studies.
The move paid off quickly as he placed third in the 5000 at the 2009 US Championships behind teammates, and former Aim High special guests, Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky. That run punched his ticket to the World Championships in Berlin. He ended that year with personal bests in the mile (3:54), 3000 (7:41) and the 5000 (13:22). Unfortunately, in 2010 he suffered a foot injury that required surgery. He didn't run for six months. The focus was now on 2012 with an eye on the steeplechase. Since 2012 Evan has become the greatest U.S steeplechaser of all time. He has run the nine fastest times in U.S. history and is one of the top steeplechasers in the world. Evan won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in London. There is so much to this story including his American record run in 2015. You’ll hear Evan tell you about it at Aim High!
Evan lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Sofia, and trains with his teammates at the Bowerman Track Club.
Contact: Jennifer & David Patruno
David at work: 315-472-0744
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