Jordan Hasay stamped herself as one of the favorites for the individual NCAA cross country crown by winning the West Regional title Saturday at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ore.
Hasay, the former Mission Prep star now a sophomore at Oregon, covered the women’s 6K course in 20 minutes, 1.90 seconds Saturday to lead the No. 7 Ducks to a runner-up finish at the regional meet.
The top two men’s and women’s teams in each of the nine regional meets automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 22 at Terre Haute, Ind. Additionally, 13 men’s and women’s teams will receive at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. Those bids are expected to be announced Monday.
Hasay won Saturday’s race over Cal’s Deborah Maier, who finished in 20:06.81. Oregon’s Alex Kosinski was third in 20:09.53. Hasay also won the Pac-10 individual title Oct. 30 in Seattle.
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Hasay ran with the lead pack through the early stages, waiting until the final 1,000 meters to make her move to the front.
“It kind of played out how I thought it would,” Hasay told The Oregonian newspaper. “I thought the pace might be a little quicker, but other than that I just tried to stayed relaxed.”
Hasay was shoulder to shoulder with Maier as the runners approached the final turn, then used a late burst to open an almost five-second gap.
“I was maybe going to push it a little bit more after 4K, but we have to race again (in eight days), so I wanted to save it,” Hasay said. “I was confident enough in my finish that I could bring it home.
“I was a lot more nervous this week than I was before the Pac-10s, just because I won two weeks ago. It’s nice to come back and know that I could win again. I’ll be ready for the national meet and hopefully be a contender there as well.”
Washington, with all five of its runners in the top 21, won the women’s team title with 73 points to 77 for Oregon. Stanford was third with 86 points, Arizona fourth with 90 points and UC Santa Barbara tied Cal for fifth with 159.
Cal Poly finished eighth with 289 points and was the second-highest Big West Conference team. Rebecca Paddack was 38th for the Mustangs in 21:04.29, and Jenny Bergen was 44th in 21:08.38. Kayleigh Tyerman, normally Cal Poly’s top runner, was the fourth Mustang to finish, placing 72nd.
Oregon, with four runners in the top 16, edged Stanford 63-65 for the men’s team title with Cal third with 78 points. Cal Poly’s men finished 12th with 351 points, trailing UC Davis (ninth, 272), Long Beach State (10th, 280) and UC Santa Barbara (11th, 302).
Portland’s Trevor Dunbar was the men’s individual winner over the 10K course in 29:57.89, just edging Arizona’s Stephen Sambu (29:57.95).
Sean Davidson led Cal Poly by placing 51st in 31:09.10. Chris Frias, the Big West Conference freshman of the year, was 60th in 31:15.77.
Cal Poly 3, UC Davis 1
In their final home match of the season, the Mustangs kept their playoff hopes alive with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-12, 25-21 win over the Aggies.
Kristina Graven notched 15 kills to lead the Mustangs.
Dominique Olowolafe had 13 kills and hit at .429. Jennifer Keddy came through with 12 kills, and Holly Franks had 11 while hitting .421. Setter Sarah Cawrse tallied 50 assists, two kills, four service aces and nine digs. Alison Mort led Cal Poly with 12 digs.
Cal Poly 36, Cal State Fullerton 14
Branden Rocha, Steven Vasquez and Atticus Disney won by fall to help lead Cal Poly to a season-opening victory at home.
Rocha (133 pounds) pinned Drew Erickson in 1:27. Vasquez (174) pinned Dominic Borelli in 6:34.
Disney, ranked 25th in the country at 285 pounds, was able to pin Kurt Klimek, ranked 18th nationally, in just 1:04.
Barrett Abel (157) earned a 15-3 major decision in his first bout as a Mustang. He is a transfer from UC Davis, which dropped its wrestling program last year.
Other bout winners for Cal Poly include Boris Novachkov, Ryan DesRoches, and Ryan Smith.
Cuesta wins title
The Cougars, ranked second in California, went undefeated in the round-robin Western State Conference Championship to win the title.
The Cougars defeated eighth-ranked Bakersfield 27-18, Victor Valley 32-24, West Hills 25-18, and East Los Angeles 25-24.
Nector Ruelas was named to the all-tournament team at 141 pounds. Sean Dougherty, who remains undefeated this season, was named to the first team at 184. Spencer Anderson, Carson Garcia and Charlie Galieiz were all named to second team in the 149, 157 and 174 classes respectively.
Men’s Water Polo
Long Beach 10, Cuesta 6; Mt. San Antonio 13, Cuesta 12 (3 OT)
After losing their semifinal match at the Southern California Regionals at Cuesta College against Long Beach, the Cougars lost a heartbreaker in sudden-death overtime against the Mounties.
Long Beach took control of the early match in the second quarter, where it outscored the Cougars 5-1, which gave them a 7-4 lead going into the half. Luka Vukomanovic was the only Cougar with multiple goals, scoring twice. Thomas Ross tallied eight saves for the Cougars. Cuesta had beaten the Vikings twice this season already, but were without state scoring leader Lawrence Bardelli who sat out the game after being ejected in the Cougars’ quarterfinal victory over Riverside.
Playing Mt. San Antonio for third place, the Cougars fell behind the Mounties 10-5 going into the fourth quarter. Cuesta was able to shut down Mt. San Antonio and rally back, scoring five goals in the final 6:54 of the match to force overtime.
Mt. San Antonio scored a goal in the first overtime, but Wesley Hain was able to tie things up for the Cougars with a goal early in the second overtime. The Mounties scored with only six seconds left, but Eric Marsh answered for Cuesta to force sudden death where Cuesta eventually lost.
Vukomanovic led Cuesta with three goals, while both Marsh and Derrick Graham had two. Ross had 11 saves for Cuesta.
Cabrillo 73, Cuesta 65
Cuesta (1-1) didn’t let one bad half of basketball and the loss of three starters who fouled out faze it. Instead they came back from a 40-25 halftime deficit and opened a six-point lead with seven minutes to go.
However, Cabrillo saved enough for a last surge in a back-and-forth final five minutes for the win.
Jayme Salim and Rachael Manners led Cuesta with 23 and 20 points, respectively.