Thursday, July 6, 2017

Statement from Evan Jager regarding Fancy Bears document

I woke up this morning to find out that my name had been published as a part of a list released by the ‘Fancy Bears’ and they are saying that I had an abnormal blood passport test result. I was incredibly shocked to see my name amongst a list of athletes believed to be “likely doping.” I have so many questions as to how and why my name got on that list. I have never taken any banned substance and have always prided myself on doing things the right way and being a clean athlete.

I have gone through my records looking for the test results or test notification from February 9, 2016 (the date listed as my “last ABP test date”) and cannot find any notification of having taken a drug test on that day. I also was not contacted by USADA/WADA/IAAF regarding an abnormal blood panel test result. There is a possibility that I did take a test that day, but I have no record of it. I am trying to contact the authorities to determine if I was tested that day and how my name could have ended up on such a list.

Though the IAAF has clearly determined that there was no anti-doping rule violation committed, I’m still very saddened about the idea that people might think that I have broken the rules when I, and all those close to me, know that I have not. It has always been important to me to not just do things the right way, but to have the trust of my fans and competitors and to prove to people that you can reach the top of the sport clean. I have never and will never break or try to bend an anti-doping rule. I hope this gets cleared up very quickly and that I can maintain the trust I have worked so hard to build in the running community.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Evan Jager Wins 6th Straight National Steeple Title

With a killer last lap of 56.70, Evan Jager won Sunday’s USATF steeplechase final in 8:16.88. Evan entered the bell lap leading a pack of four, but dispensed of them with his unmatchable finish; second finisher Stanley Kebenei was more than a second and a half back at the end.

The victory not only earned Evan a spot at August’s World Championships but was also his sixth straight U.S. steeple title, dating to 2012, his first year in the event. The only longer streak in modern times is Henry Marsh’s 7-year run from 1981 through 1987.

“I knew it was going to be hard,” Evan said afterward. “It was a little windy, so I didn’t want to be out in the lead for four and a half laps like last year. I wanted to wait and kind of trusted my speed and my hurdling form, my technique, against the rest of the guys.”

Evan is most likely far from his peak, given that Friday’s qualifying round was his first steeple of the year. Looking forward to London, where he’ll be joined by Bowerman Track Club teammates Amy Cragg (marathon), Emily Infeld (10,000), and Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley (steeplechase).

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Frerichs, Quigley Make World Champs Steeple Team

The dynamic duo of Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley placed second and third, respectively, in Saturday’s USATF steeplechase final to qualify for August’s World Championships in London.

In a race won by American record holder Emma Coburn in 9:20.28, Courtney and Colleen ran 9:22.23 and 9:25.40. This finish replicated the order at last year’s Olympic Trials.

Training partners Courtney and Colleen were in the lead group from the start, and, with Coburn, dropped the rest of the field by the end of the sixth lap.

London will mark Colleen’s second straight worlds appearance. At the Rio Olympics, she placed eighth and Courtney was 11th.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Emily Infeld Makes 10K World Champs Team

In only her second race of the year, Emily Infeld placed second in the USATF 10,000 Thursday night to earn a trip to August’s World Championships in London. On a day when the meet schedule was scuttled to account for extraordinary heat, Emily’s time of 31:22.67 was a 4-second PR. U.S. record holder Molly Huddle won in 31:19.86.

Emily’s teammate and training partner Shalane Flanagan boldly led the first 20 of the race’s 25 laps before finishing fourth in 31:31.12. The race was only Shalane’s second since last August’s Olympic Marathon, and she knew she needed to keep the pace honest because a lack of workouts wouldn’t serve her well in a kicker’s strategic race.

“This is the least prepared I’ve ever been for a race,” Shalane told Runner’s World afterward. “But I think it’s important to still show up when you are unprepared sometimes. That’s part of the job…I think it’s important to still show up and do your job.”

Colleen Quigley (second in the first heat) and Courtney Frerichs (first in the second heat) easily advanced to Saturday’s steeplechase final.

Izaic Yorks placed eighth in his 1500-meter qualifying round and didn’t advance to Saturday’s final.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shalane Flanagan Returns to Racing With a Win

In her first race in 10 months, Shalane Flanagan was the easy winner of the 10,000 at the Portland Track Festival on Saturday.

After passing halfway in 16:00, Shalane started cranking out 75-second laps to finish in 31:38.68, 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Rachel Cliff.

It was a solid-and-then-some return to action for Shalane in her first race since placing sixth in the Olympic Marathon last August. Shalane suffered a slight fracture in her back over the winter and had to withdraw from the Boston Marathon. Saturday’s race came after just three weeks of workouts.

In Sunday’s action at the Portland Track Festival, Lopez Lomong was third in the 1500 (3:38.52), Jess Tonn was second in the 5,000 (15:33.13) and Natalja Piliusina was seventh in the 1500 (4:11.04).

Shalane will return to the track in less than two weeks for the USATF championships in Sacramento, California. She’s also slated to run the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta on July 4.

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