Evan Jager Qualifies for Olympics in Steeplechase

American Record holder Evan Jager earned a second straight Olympic trip with a victory Friday night in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Jager won in 8:22.48, followed by first-time Olympian Hillary Bor and Donn Cabral, who also made his second Olympic Team.

The Algonquin, Illinois native competed in the 2012 Games but fell short of medaling, coming in sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals.

"It was an awesome experience," Jager told NBC Chicago after the race. "It's been so much fun, didn't think the season would end up this way. At the beginning of the year I kinda hoped for it, but it's been awesome. Awesome ride this year."

The Jacobs High School graduate known for his billowing blond hair and intense speeds, was originally a 5K runner, an event that gained him success after he traded his career at University of Wisconsin-Madison for a professional career with Nike in Portland, Ore. 

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