July 22, 2024

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High School Spring Track Features Prep Distance Phenom Jordan Hasay

High School Spring Track Features Prep Distance Phenom Jordan Hasay

You can call her “Destiny’s Child” but the label would be inaccurate. Prep phenom Jordan Hasay understands that she will have to run her way to greatness, and would not have it any other way.

Hasay attends Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School (better known as Mission Prep in the running community) in San Luis Obispo, California.

She has been setting national records for running since she was 12, when she set the USA age-group 3000-Meter record (1.86 miles) by running 9:48.77. A year later she would break the 1500-Meter mark with a 4:28.61 clocking and the 3000 mark with a 9:35.12 effort.

At 14, she would break the 1500, 3000 and 3200-Meter records; at 15, the 1500, 1600, 3000 and 3200-Meters; and last year as a junior she ran a meet-record 9:52.13 to win her 3rd consecutive state title in the 3200-Meter, another national age-group record to go with her 3000-Meter record of 9:19.6. Her 3200-Meter state championship victory was the second fastest time ever by a high school girl.

Did I mention that she ran in the U. S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon as a 16-year-old junior? On the storied, remodeled Hayward Field track (the University of Oregon playground of Pre, the late, great Steve Prefontaine), Hasay set another national age-group and high school record by running 4:14.50 in a 1500-Meter semifinal heat.

Hasay’s exploits spilled over to cross-country as well. She capped the start of her senior year by winning her 4th straight California high school Division V title, tying Sara (nee Bei) Hall’s record of 4 straight titles.

She then went on the capture her 4th straight Foot Locker West Regional title, becoming the first athlete ever to do so. She won the prestigious, national Foot Locker Cross Country Championship for the second time, covering the 5000-Meter (3.1 mile) course in 17:22.

Last year Hasay was named the 2008 USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year, and also Track & Field News named Hasay as its 2008 Girls High School Athlete of the Year.

Hasay isn’t the only prep phenom the United States has produced. Jim Ryan and Mary Decker Slaney were world beaters in the day. Alan Webb had his moment of greatness. There are many others.

Hasay’s waist-length blond hair make her easy to spot while running in a pack. The entire track community is anxiously awaiting her performance this spring, wondering just how much she can lower her times.

Jordan Hasay is pretty savvy about her future. “My aim isn’t to be remembered as the best high school runner ever,” said Hasay in a recent interview, “but as one of the better U. S. distance runners in the future.” And, my oh my, does that future shine bright.

Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley