London Calling: 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials–Second Half Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 27, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM UTC
Even Jager has run less than half a dozen steeplechase races in his career but he will be one of the men to beat in Thursday's final. Photo:

Men’s Steeplechase

Final: Thursday, June 28 — 6:30 PM

Evan Jager had never run a steeplechase race in his life until this past April, but now he’s a serious threat to make his first Olympic team. Jager walked away with a convincing victory and a meet record at the Mt. SAC relays just two months ago, clocking an outstanding 8:26.14, and looked easy in winning his heat in the qualifying rounds on Monday night. Reigning national champion Billy Nelson won’t go down without a fight, nor will Team Nebraska’s David Adams, who turned some heads with an impressive victory at Stanford’s Cardinal Invitational in April. Ben Bruce of Flagstaff-based McMillan Elite, advanced through the qualifying rounds comfortably, as did Dan Huling and Kyle Acorn.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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