Coming off a strong indoor campaign, one in which he set an indoor mile best of 3:55.25, Evan headed into the USATF Indoor Championships looking to come away with a national title over the two-mile distance.
A conservative early pace saw Evan and his Bowerman Track Club teammates trade leads for the majority of the race. With a half dozen athletes in contention with less than a half mile to go, Evan shifted pace and worked to pull away from the field, but it wasn't enough, as teammate Ryan Hill blitzed a 23.5 final 200m to run to his first national title.
Evan hung on to place third, a half stride behind Ben Blankenship and a stride ahead of Garrett Heath, capping his indoor season with a 8:27.44 effort.
Onto the outdoor season!
8:26.72 Ryan Hill (Nike/Bowerman TC)
8:27.31 Benjamin Blankenship (Nike/OTC Elite)
8:27.44 Evan Jager (Nike/Bowerman TC)
8:27.99 Garrett Heath (Brooks)
8:32.51 Chris Derrick (Nike/Bowerman TC)