Jager, a Jacobs High School graduate, competed in track and field at the Olympics in London.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Family, friends, neighbors and students joined together to welcome home Jacobs alumni and Olympian Evan Jager at a meet and greet event at Jacobs High School Wednesday afternoon.
Jacobs alumni, track coaches, current students and area residents crowded Jacobs High School Wednesday for the event honoring Jager who recently placed sixth at the London Olympics in the 3,000-meter men's steeplechase.
Jacobs High School was buzzing with excitement Wednesday as Olympian Evan Jager—an Algonquin native—returned for a homecoming event. Jager graduated from Jacobs High School in 2007 as a star athlete, and returned for a meet and greet Wednesday afternoon. Jager recently competed in the 2012 summer Olympics in London, placing sixth place in the 3,000-meter men's steeplechase. At the meet and greet event, hundreds came to showed their appreciation for Jager. Those at the event cheered and clapped enthusiastically on any mention of his name. The story that seemed to get the most recognition, other than stories surrounding his recent Olympic appearance, was a dilemma Jager faced at the state championships during his junior year at Jacobs. …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The event will start at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
UPDATE: The location for the meet and greet for Evan Jager has changed. The event will now be held in the competition gym at Jacobs High School, 2601 Bunker Hill Drive in Algonquin, at 3:30 p.m. The event had previously been scheduled for the same time at Algonquin Commons but it was decided to move the event indoors due to the possibility of some rain this afternoon, according to the Community Unit School District 300 Facebook page. The above information was updated at 2:38 p.m. on Sept. 5. ---------------- First-time Olympian Evan Jager is coming home and Algonquin is hoping to celebrate his return in a big way next week. Jager, who placed sixth in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Summer Olympics, will be at a meet …
The Algonquin native said he was disappointed with his sixth-place finish at the London Olympics but is hoping for a return visit to the Olympics in 2016.
Evan Jager is soon heading home. The Algonquin native recently placed sixth place at the London Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase — a race that he had only run a handful of times before making it to the Olympics. Read More: Community to Welcome Evan Jager Home at Meet and Greet So, the big question is, what's next for Evan? Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch reached out to Jager to find out how he felt about his first Olympic appearance and if he will be aiming to return to the Olympics in 2016. Note: Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch received the following responses in mid-August from Jager and Jager's agent, Tom Ratcliffe. Were you happy with finishing 6th in the world? How did you feel at that moment? At the moment I finished …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Joel Jager knew the competition during his son's 3000-meter steeplechase run would be tough, but he is proud of his son, Evan Jager's, sixth place finish at the London Olympics.
Although Algonquin native Evan Jager didn't medal in his first Olympic appearance, his father Joel Jager couldn’t be more proud of his son. Evan Jager finished the 3000-meter steeplechase race at the Olympics with a time of 8 minutes, 23.87 seconds earlier this month. Fellow United States teammate Donald Cabral finished shortly after, taking eighth place. “Finishing sixth in that race, and being the sixth best in the world in the Olympics was a remarkable year [for Evan],” Joel Jager said. Before the race, Joel Jager knew the competition in the finals Olympic race would be tough. “We had pretty realistic expectations going into the race, but we were also hopeful that he might medal,” Joel Jager said. READ MORE: Evan Jager Places Sixth in …
Friday, August 10, 2012
A crowd of over 300 Evan Jager fans crowded the Buffalo Wild Wings in Algonquin Sunday afternoon to cheer on the Algonquin native during the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Olympics.
While Algonquin's Evan Jager will return from London without a medal, those closest to him foresee more trips to the Olympics in his future. Jager, a 2007 graduate of Jacobs High School, competed Sunday in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals at the Olympics in London, finishing in sixth place with a time of 8:23.87. Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya walked away with the gold finishing first with a time of 8:18.56. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France finished second with a time of 8:19.08 and Abel Kiprop Mutai of Kenya will take home the bronze with a time of 8:19.73. Sunday's race marked only the seventh time Jager has ever competed in the men's steeplechase. "Considering this is only his seventh time running the steeplechase, you really …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Evan Jager, a Jacobs High School graduate, has qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase race in the 2012 summer Olympics in London.
When Evan Jager was 12 years old, his father made a bet with him. Joel Jager could tell his son had a gift as a runner and challenged him to run a mile — which Evan then did in 6 minutes and 12 seconds. Wanting to push him to a faster time, Joel Jager asked Evan how fast he thought he could one day run the mile. Evan Jager set that goal at five minutes. And his dad said once he did that he would buy him a mustang. “I have no recollection of why I said five minutes,” said Evan Jager in a recent interview with Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch. “But I just told him I could. Part of the reason why I said five minutes, I guess, was because I have always been someone to set the bar extraordinarily high for myself.” By the end of 8th grade, …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Fans of Evan Jager will gather at Buffalo Wild Wings this Sunday to watch the 2007 Jacobs High School graduate compete for an Olympic medal in the 3,000-meter men's steeplechase.
Algonquin native Evan Jager has made it through to the finals for the 3000-meter steeplechase in the Olympics. To support him, Buffalo Wild Wings, 461 South Randall Road, is throwing a watch party on Sunday. The watch party begins at 3 p.m., and Jager’s race will be shown live at 3:25 p.m. T-shirts will be sold, and the restaurant will be open for anyone to attend. Vicki Frantz, the marketing manager at Buffalo Wild Wings, said at least 50 people are expected to attend the event. “We are expecting it to be pretty busy,” Frantz said. “We do a ton of stuff with Jacobs, and we figured we want to celebrate the local hero.” Frantz has reached out to H.D. Jacobs High School cross-country coach Kevin Christian when planning the party, to invite …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Evan Jager will run in the first heat of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at 1 p.m. in London, which is 7 a.m. here.
UPDATE: Evan Jager qualified for the Olympic finals in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing with the second fastest time during the preliminary race Friday, according to the NBC Olympics results page. Jager finished second in his heat with a time of 8 minutes, 16.61 seconds. He needed to finish in the top four to advance to the finals. The finals are scheduled for Sunday at 9:25 p.m. in London, which is 3:25 p.m. here. The above information was updated at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. ----- The time has come for Algonquin native Evan Jager to show the world what he is made of. Jager will compete in the prelims for the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday at the Olympics in London. The top finishers will qualify for the finals on…