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Evan Jager, third from right, runs in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase Sunday at the U.S. track and field outdoor championships in Sacramento, Calif. 

Former University of Wisconsin athlete Evan Jager won his sixth straight national title in the 3,000 meters steeplechase at the USATF outdoor championships on Sunday in Sacramento, California.

The 28-year-old Jager, who was the silver medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics, crossed the line in 8 minutes, 16.88 seconds, to earn an automatic spot at next month’s IAAF world championships in London.

A two-time All-American at UW, Jager began the race in the middle of the pack but moved to second at the midway point of the race. He then took the lead with less than 800 meters.

“I knew it was going to be hard, and it was a little windy,” Jager said. “I didn’t want to be out in the lead for 4½ laps like last year. I wanted to wait and trust my speed, hurdling form and technique.

“I wanted to stay relaxed as long as possible. When I went, I wanted to make it a hard move.”

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