USA Track and Field national champion Jordan Hasay, who wowed the crowd
at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., during the 2008 U.S. Olympic
Trials, has signed a national letter of intent to compete for the
University of Oregon.
2008-09 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year,
Hasay, who runs for Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School in
San Luis Obispo, Calif., was an instant hit with the appreciative
audience at Hayward Field on July 4 when she set the national high
school record in the semifinals of the 1,500 meters at the Olympic
Trials by finishing in 4 minutes 14.50 seconds. Two weeks prior to the
Trials, she won the 1,500 meters at the USA Junior Track & Field
Championships in Columbus, Ohio. That qualified her for the World
Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where she placed fourth in a
race that came just one week after her 10th place finish in the 1,500m
finals at the Olympic Trials.
In December, she capped a
remarkable high school cross country career by becoming just the sixth
two-time winner of the Foot Locker National Girls Cross Country
Championships. Hasay was also the 2005 victor. Prior to her win in San
Diego, she became the first person to win four consecutive CIF state
cross country championships, winning the 2008 title in an all-division
leading time of 17:18. She is also the only winner of four straight
Foot Locker West Regional titles.
“Jordan Hasay is one of the
most exciting young athletes in the sport of track and field,” said
Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. “Her electrifying performances
at the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer mesmerized Track Town, USA.
Coach Maurica Powell and I really connected with Jordan early in the
process and developed a strong bond with Jordan, her parents and her
Hasay’s impressive list of awards compiled during the
past 12 months includes Track & Field News’ Girls High School
Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year,
USA Today’s High School Track and Field Girls Athlete of the Year and
DyeStat Girls Athlete of the Year.
Earning national honors from
Gatorade made Hasay a finalist for the Gatorade Female High School
Athlete of the Year Award, which will be announced at the ESPY Awards
in July. She is also a two-time Gatorade California Girls Cross Country
Runner of the Year and won the 2007 and 2008 USA Cross Country Junior
Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and
field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.
USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the
most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and
junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult
runners in the United States.
For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org
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