Oregon sophomore Jordan Hasay has been named the national Academic All-American of the Year for women’s cross country and track and field, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.
Hasay, an Arroyo Grande resident and former Mission Prep star, joins teammate Ann Kesselring on the Capital One Academic All-America team for women’s track and field and cross country.
Hasay is the first sophomore to become a national Academic All-American of the Year in any NCAA sport. The physiology major has a 3.96 grade-point average and has never earned anything but an A in college; Oregon awards three-tenths of a point more for a plus attached to a letter grade and deducts three-tenths of a point for a minus attached to a letter grade. Only an A- in one class has kept Hasay’s GPA below 4.00.
“As always, I am extremely honored to represent the University of Oregon,” Hasay said in a statement released by the school. “I’m so thankful to my teammates, coaches and staff at the University who always lift me up and inspire me.
“We have had a great season and have really come together as a team. I’m looking forward to being a part of this team for the years to come and hopefully accomplishing even more exciting things.”
Hasay now advances to a ballot of 12 finalists from all NCAA Division I sports from which the overall Academic All-American of the Year will be chosen. Other finalists include former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, former Connecticut women’s basketball star Maya Moore and former Butler men’s basketball star Matt Howard.
Hasay is the third Oregon student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American of the Year, following Galen Rupp (men’s track and cross country, 2009) and Bill Musgrave (football, 1990).
Hasay had a subpar NCAA meet earlier this month when she finished fourth in the 5,000 and eighth in the 1,500. The Ducks finished second in the team standings for the third straight year to Texas A&M.
Hasay won both of those races at the Pac-10 championships in leading Oregon to its third consecutive Pac-10 team championship.
At the indoor NCAA meet in March, Hasay won the mile and the 3,000 in leading Oregon to a runaway team title and its second consecutive team title. She was also named the USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
In cross country, Hasay was the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional individual champion and later finished third at the NCAA meet.