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

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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