Jason Engel
    Jason Engel


    Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

    High School:
    Santa Margarita Catholic


    FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013: Competed 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...served as a PEER...named to the Dean's List and Athletic Director's List...hobbies include people watching, standards, giving life advice, shuffleboard, golf, bingo, water aerobics and driving slowly...believes that the breakfast burrito is the most profound culinary creation ever discovered...completed Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) and UAS/Space over the summer...also took leave...member of Cadet Squadron 32.

    COACH COLE ON JASON: "Jason is another underclassman that has committed to increasing his training levels. And he's a grinder. Guys who are willing to invest in their training and simply grind out the miles will always have a place in our program because they are doing what it takes to be successful."

    Inside Cross Country