Saturday, May 26, 2018

Jager, Yorks and Wynne impress at Pre Classic

Evan Jager
made an impressive 2018 steeplechase debut when finishing third at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene this afternoon, the Bowerman Track Club athlete in a photo finish with Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, both athletes credited with the same time of 8:11.71.

The race was won by Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen in 8:09.07.

“I felt pretty good. I felt like I was in a great rhythm. I was focusing on staying relaxed and Jerry [Schumacher] gave me the green light to do what I wanted. I didn’t want to make a move today and instead see what I could do over the last 200. I probably could have been a little more aggressive.”

Jager will now turn his attention to the US Championships before focusing on a tilt at the eight-minute barrier in Monaco in July.

In the international mile, Izaic Yorks and Henry Wynne both turned in outstanding performances, Wynne coming home third in 3:57.61 and Yorks fifth in 3:58.04. The race was won by Australia’s Luke Mathews in 3:57.02.

Colleen Quigley was a late withdrawal through injury, though the Bowerman Track Club athlete expects to be back on track soon.

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