Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Huskies lose out on Jordan Hasay...

As reported on several web sites, including Trackshark and the Eugene Register-Guard, high school phenom Jordan Hasay (left/photo by Paul Merca) from California announced Tuesday that she will attend the University of Oregon this fall.

Hasay won the Foot Locker national cross country title in San Diego in December, making her one of a handful of prep athletes to win the Foot Locker twice in her career.

Hasay broke the national high school record by running 4 minutes 14.50 seconds to place fifth in the semifinal and qualify for the final at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene this summer. Her performance broke the previous record of 4:16.42, held for just under three weeks by current Washington Husky Christine Babcock, by nearly two seconds. Slated to leave almost immediately for the World Junior Championships in Poland, Hasay delayed her trip to run in the final, where she finished tenth in 4:17.36.

Hasay began her year by winning the USA Junior Cross Country Championships on February 16, in San Diego, Calif. She covered the 6 km course in 20:32 and was 13 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

At the 2008 USA Junior Track & Field Championships, Hasay repeated her performance from last year and won the women's 1,500m, outkicking Oregon's Alex Kosinski down the final stretch to win in 4:18.44. It was that performance that qualified her for the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships.

Hasay placed fourth at the world junior championships in Poland, crossing the line in 4:19.02. It was the best ever finish for an American woman in the 1,500m at World Juniors.

Hasay dominated on the high school level as well. At the CIF Finals, she held off Davis Senior High School senior Laurynne Chetelat down the home stretch to win the 3,200m state title in a meet record 9:52.13, the second fastest 3,200m time ever run by a high school girl. On October 23, Track & Field News named Hasay the 2008 Girls High School Athlete of the Year.

While officials at the school cannot comment on a recruit under NCAA rules, Hasay took an official visit to the University of Washington on the weekend of January 24th, where several viewers spotted her in the crowd at the televised UW/UCLA basketball game sitting near the Washington bench.

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