It didn't take long for Evan Jager to prove he really belongs in the steeplechase.
In his first international race - and just the fifth of his career - in the event, the Jacobs High School grad broke the U.S. record at Friday night's Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Finishing third in the race, Jager covered the distance in 8 minutes, 6.81 seconds. That lowered Daniel Lincoln's 6-year-old U.S. record by 2.01 seconds.
It also was nearly 11 seconds faster than the personal best he set (8:17.40) in winning the U.S. Olympic trials last month.
Algonquin's Jager, featured in a Tribune story last week, took up the steeplechase only this year. He had specialized in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter races since turning pro four years ago.
Jager now is the world's 8th fastest steeplechaser this year.
Conselus Kipruto of Kenya won the race in a personal best 8:03.49. Paul Koech of Kenya, who has the world's fastest time of 2012 (7:54.31), was second in 8:03.90.
Jager sets U.S. record in steeplechase
Event neophyte breaks six-year-old mark
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