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
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.
, 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.