Apr 3, 2013 1:11 PM by Bill Halter
Dating back to her days at Mission Prep, Jordan Hasay has always competed in races between 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters. That changed last Friday when Hasay ran in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Hasay finished third behind two professional runners in their 30's. Her time of 32:46 is the top collegiate time in the nation this season She was named the Pac-12 Conference's Female Athlete of the Week. Hasay said her decision to focus on the 10,000 meters was made with her coaches because the event will give her the best chance to win.
Winning is something Hasay has done a lot of in her career. At Mission Prep she won four state championships in cross country and four more in the 3,200 meters during the track season. She won seven national championships between 2007 and 2010. At the University of Oregon, Hasay won indoor national titles in the mile and 3,000 meters as a sophomore in 2011. "It's gone by really quickly and it's been a great four years at Oregon and I think I was really blessed to be from here (Arroyo Grande) and have the community support as I went off to college" said Hasay.
Hasay developed a love for running at a young age growing up in Arroyo Grande. "I remember when I was in fourth grade I was always beating the boys in PE class and I just like to be the fastest. I like to push myself and just get out there and just have fun. And I just enjoy that feeling of being tired and giving it your all" said Hasay.
The 5'4", 21 year old with long blond hair has her eyes on making history with her Ducks teammates this spring. "Our team is hoping to win the triple crown which is winning cross country nationals, indoor nationals and outdoor nationals and no women's program has ever done that."
Hasay says she has a lot of running left in her and plans to become a professional after she graduates. "I think I still have a lot of room to improve and a lot of potential left in the sport so it's something that I definitely love to do" said Hasay who will likely compete in the 10,000 meters at the professional level. "They say that runners best years are late 20's, early 30's so I still have a good 10-15 years ahead of me" said Hasay.
As a 17 time All-American, Hasay is the most decorated runner the University of Oregon has ever seen. She's also a two-time, first team Academic All-American selection.
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