Oregon’s Jordan Hasay finished second in her heats of the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs to easily qualify for the NCAA Championships in both events at Saturday’s NCAA West Regional track and field meet.
The former Mission Prep star finished second in her heat of the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 20.13 seconds at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, and then, about 90 minutes later, finished second in her 5,000 heat in 16:04.39.
The top 12 finishers in each event qualified for the NCAA meet June 8-11 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Montana’s Katrina Drennen won Hasay’s heat of the 1,500 in 4:19.30, and Hasay finished with the sixth-fastest time overall. Utah’s Amanda Mergaert was the top qualifier in 4:16.57.
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In the 5,000, Hasay had the fourth-fastest time overall. Her heat was won by Washington’s Megan Goethals, who was the top qualifier in 16:02.64.
Hasay will face a much easier schedule at the NCAA Championships, where she is looking to become the first woman to win the 1,500 and 5,000 at the same meet. Hasay will run a 1,500 semifinal June 9, the 5,000 final is June 10 and the 1,500 final is June 11. Hasay has the NCAA’s top time in the 1,500 this season and is ranked second in the 5,000. However, Colorado’s Jessica Pixler, the 5,000 leader, missed the NCAA West Regional with an injury and won’t compete at the NCAA Championships.
Hasay was the only local NCAA qualifier Saturday.
Cal Poly’s Whitney Sisler, an NCAA qualifier in the woman’s high jump last year, only cleared 5 feet, 7 inches Saturday and lost a jump-off for the 12th and final qualifying spot, finishing 13th overall. Sisler was tied for ninth in the NCAA rankings entering the meet with a best of 6-0.
In the women’s 5,000, Cal Poly’s Rebecca Paddack and Jenny Bergren finished 23rd and 41st, respectively. In the men’s 5,000, Cal Poly’s Daniel Gonia was 32nd, and in the men’s discus, former Nipomo High star Korben Boaz did not get a legal mark. Cal Poly’s men’s 400 relay team of Mark Rodgers, Jamison Jordan, Harry Bothwick and Jarred Houston placed 19th.
Cal State Bakersfield 10, Cal Poly 3
The Mustangs held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning before the Roadrunners got to starting pitcher Steven Fischback and later punished the Cal Poly bullpen.
Taking the lead on a sacrifice fly and two squeeze bunts, the Mustangs (27-25) were poised to even their final three-game road series against Cal State Bakersfield at one game apiece going into today’s finale.
But Kevin Younger hit a two-run triple to the gap in right center in the sixth inning that helped the Roadrunners (32-22) tie the score at 3, and Oscar Sanay singled in the go-ahead run against Fischback (7-3) in the seventh.
Six runs were charged to Cal Poly left-handed senior reliever Frankie Reed, who recorded one out in the eighth, allowing Cal State Bakersfield to put the game well out of reach.
Fischback allowed four runs, three earned, on 11 hits while striking out six and walking one.
Cal Poly got only five hits in seven innings against Roadrunners starter Jonathan Montoya, who picked up the win.
Half of the Mustangs’ six hits were doubles, but Mitch Haniger (2 for 3 with a double, a run and an RBI) was the only Cal Poly player with multiple hits as the Mustangs stranded 11 runners on base.
The teams wrap up the regular season today at 1 p.m. with Cal Poly pitcher Joey Wagman opposing Cal State Bakersfield starter Mike McCarthy.