Jason Engel
Jason  Engel


Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

High School:
Santa Margarita Catholic


SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2014: Competed in five meets, including the conference championships...opened the season with a 14th-place finish a the Fresno State Invitational...clocked a 6K time of 18:59.10 at that meet...recorded a season-best 8K time of 25:07.40 to finish 47th at the Mountain West Championships...finished 13th in the open section of the Pre-National Invitational (26:11.10)...also competed at the Rocky Mountain Shootout (26:58.40, 38th) and Woody Greeno Invitational (27:24.10, 26th)...academic all-conference selection.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013: Participated in three meets...opened the season with a 5K time of 16:31.40 at the Colorado State Open (75th)...clocked a career-best 8K time of 26:09.10 at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open (79th)...also competed at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, finishing 83rd in a time of 29:13.00.

HIGH SCHOOL: Santa Margarita Catholic High School...earned all-county track and field honors as a junior...five-time all-Trinity League first-team selection...holds school record in the 1600-meter run...five-time CIF qualifier...three-year captain for both the cross country and track and field teams...two-time MVP for cross country...named Santa Margarita Male Athlete of the Year...recorded personal-best times of 1:56.02 (800-meter run), 4:14.93 (1600-meter run) and 15:07 (three-mile run)...AP Scholar...member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Full name is Jason Peter Engel...nickname is “Gramps”...son of Matthew and Rebecca Engel...has one older brother, Evan...majoring in geospatial science...future plans include working in the intelligence field...currently serving as First Sergeant (2015 Fall)...named to the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s List...hobbies include people watching, standards, giving life advice, shuffleboard, golf, bingo, water aerobics, driving slowly, paddleboarding, going to the beach, Ornithology, amateur handwriting analysis, being smarter and better looking than Chandler Myers, knitting, yelling at the neighborhood kids to “get off my lawn” and being a good listener...favorite holiday is Shark Week...plans to knit the entire team Christmas-themed sweaters...believes that the breakfast burrito is the most profound culinary creation ever discovered...did an independent study over summer leave in culinary science, with concentrations in both breakfast and brunch...also served as a Range Safety Officer during Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET), traveled home to Southern California and completed Operation Air Force at Offutt AFB in Nebraska...member of Cadet Squadron 05.

COACH COLE ON JASON: “Jason is another athlete that made significant headway in the distances last year. Combined with his level-headedness and mature approach, he becomes a significant part of our team from a cohesion and leadership standpoint. Regardless where he falls on our depth chart, Jason will set a great example and help those around him get better.”

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