Former Mission Prep High standout Jordan Hasay finished with the third-fastest time in the women’s 5,000 meters in the NCAA Preliminaries on Saturday at Austin, Texas, finishing in 16 minutes, 0.84 seconds to qualify for the NCAA Championships on June 5-8 at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
It’s a big step for the Oregon senior after Hasay failed to qualify in the 10,000 Thursday. She finished with a 35:51.20 time for 18th place in that race.
On Saturday, she took the lead with about 600 meters and easily won her heat, the second of two, by more than three seconds. Two runners in the first heat posted faster qualifying times than Hasay.
Cal Poly senior John Prader’s career ended Saturday.
After setting a school record in the men’s pole vault with a mark of 18 feet, 7 1⁄4 inches against UC Santa Barbara earlier this year, Prader failed to qualify at the NCAA prelims. He cleared 17-03 ⁄4 for 28th place in the pole vault.
The same went for former Cuesta College standout Derek Hinch, who is now at Arizona State. A year removed from finishing third in the pole vault last year, Hinch finished in 20th at 17-4 1⁄2 and failed to qualify.
Cal Poly’s Laura Hollander was scheduled to run in the women’s 5,000, but never competed because of an undisclosed injury.
Late Friday night, Cal Poly’s Blake Ahrold finished the men’s 3,000 steeplechase in 8:48.53 for 17th place. His time was a personal record.