London- Evan Jager has a knack for making American history in the steeplechase.
Two years after setting the United States record in the event and a year after winning silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Jager became the first American to medal at the world championships thanks to a third-place showing at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
An All-American at UW during the 2009 season, Jager crossed the line in 8 minutes, 15.53 seconds, a second behind race winner Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya and Morocco's Soufiane El Bakkali.
Jager led for a majority of the seven-and-a-half lap-race but lost the lead to Kipruto, the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, with just over 200 meters to go.
Jager became the first Badger to medal at the IAAF World Championships since Reggie Torian earned silver in the 60 hurdles at the 1999 IAAF Indoor Championships.