Former Mission Prep standout Jordan Hasay found herself in lofty company in the sports world Monday.
Hasay, who set 10 national high school records as a runner for the Royals before embarking on a college career at Oregon at the start of this fall season, was ranked as the country’s eight-best high school athlete of the decade by ESPN Rise Magazine.
Among those ahead of Hasay were: LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers (at No. 1); Joe Mauer of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins (No. 2); Adrian Peterson of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings (No. 5) and Candace Parker of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks (No. 7).
Hasay outranked No. 9 Terrelle Pryor, currently quarterbacking Ohio State, and No. 10 Dwight Howard of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
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Of Hasay, ESPN Rise wrote: “Four state (cross country) titles. Two national (cross country) titles. Five USA Track & Field national championships. Hasay did it all in high school and will be America’s next great distance runner.”
Hasay, an Arroyo Grande native, was named the Pac-10 Women’s Cross Country Newcomer of the Year last week. She finished second at the NCAA West Regional this year to earn a trip to the national championships, where she finished 18th to earn college All-America honors.