Thursday, June 28, 2012

Olympic Trials: Men's Steeplechase

Evan Jager, Donn Cabral, Kyle Alcorn Heading to London!

The pace was quick early, evidenced by the strung out field. With 2 laps to go, Dan Huling and Evan Jager had a small gap on the field, which included Donn Cabral in 4th. The top 4 were clearly racing at this point and Jager gapped the others with 300m to go. Cabral moved into second while Huling faded into 4th. Jager blew everyone away, smiling in the final meters, with a 3 second personal best as Cabral finished 2nd, and Kyle Alcorn took the final spot to London.Huling faded to 7th. This was just Jager's 4th steeplechase race ever.

Unfortunately for America, they'll need to run about 15 seconds faster to even be competitive in London. The good news: the fastest steepler in the world, Paul Koech, finished 7th in the Kenyan Trials and will likely not compete at the Olympics. He is one of a few Kenyans who competes poorly at altitude, which of course is where their trials are held.

"My legs were toast" - Kyle Alcorn

Results (

1 Evan Jager Nike / Oregon TC Elite 8:17.40
2 Donald Cabral Princeton 8:19.81
3 Kyle Alcorn Nike 8:22.17
4 Donald Cowart Ragged Mountain Racing 8:27.49
5 Benjamin Bruce adidas/McMillan Elite 8:29.61
6 Max King Central Oregon Running Klub 8:30.54
7 Daniel Huling Reebok 8:30.76
8 William Nelson New Balance 8:32.21
9 Cory Leslie Ohio State 8:33.94
10 Augustus Maiyo Unattached 8:35.61
11 Brian Olinger Reebok 8:37.93
12 Joshua McAdams New Balance 8:41.10
13 Craig Forys Michigan 8:46.81
14 David Adams Team Nebraska 8:48.83

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