DES MOINES, Iowa — It was a risk worth taking, but one that ultimately undid Jordan Hasay.
Hasay, a sophomore at Oregon, pushed to the lead in the women’s 5,000-meter run Friday at the NCAA track and field national championships but lost the lead on the final lap and finished fourth.
“I tried to go with 300 or 400 (meters) to go, and then with 200 to go I was just trying to hold them off but I didn’t quite have enough,” Hasay said.
Hasay, the former Mission Prep star, had hoped to elevate the pace and force everyone else to keep up. Villanova’s Sheila Reid was up to the task at Drake University.
“I was sizing (Hasay) up and it didn’t seem like she had it,” Reid said.
Reid bolted past Hasay with about 220 meters remaining and won comfortably in 15 minutes, 37.57 seconds.
“I had some apprehension doing it. It was dangerous; I’ve been caught on the curve before,” Reid said.
Emily Infield of Georgetown was second, and Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino third. Hasay was fourth in 15:41.00.
“I was feeling good and I made a gamble. Big props to Shelia and Emily,” Hasay said.
“Hopefully that doesn’t hurt our team.”
So far, it hasn’t. Oregon leads with 14 of 21 events completed with 33 points. Oklahoma is second with 29.
Hasay will have a chance to add to Oregon’s lead today in the 1,500-meter final. Her main competitors are expected to be teammate Becca Friday, Reid and Sacramento State Lea’s Wallace, who was sixth in the 800 on Friday.
Jasmine Pickett, Cal Poly’s lone competitor at the championships, finished seventh in the women’s triple jump, earning All-American status.
Her third jump of 43 feet, 6 1⁄2 inches was her best out of six, and enabled her to advance to the final. It was also a career best.
Pickett, a senior, entered the final round fifth, but Mara Griva of Nebraska and Whitney Liehr of Stanford passed Pickett with their final jumps.
Pickett finished ninth at the NCAA meet as a sophomore and didn’t advance out of the NCAA West Regional last year. Clemson’s Patricia Mamona won with a mark of 46-11⁄4.