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Hasay is second in U.S. junior 3,000

Jordan Hasay finished second in the the junior women’s 3,000-meter run Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

The junior meet is for athletes 19 and under.

Hasay, a former Mission Prep star who just completed her freshman year at Oregon, took the lead with three laps remaining in the race but was passed just before the finish by Emily Sisson, who just completed her Missouri high school career and will run collegiately next season at Wisconsin.

Sisson finished in 9 minutes, 18.73 seconds, while Hasay was clocked in 9:18.92, a personal record. Both runners qualified for the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, later this summer. Both runners also broke the meet record of 9:19.52 set by Molly Huddle in 2003.Hasay won the junior 3,000 race in 2006.

Hasay pulled out of the senior women’s 1,500, which had its opening round later Thursday. Hasay, however, will be shooting for her fourth straight U.S. junior title in the 1,500, which has its opening round today.

Three other local athletes got their U.S. national championships under way Thursday.

In the women’s 800 meters, former Cal Poly star Maggie Vessey finished third in her heat in 2:03.03, which was the sixth-fastest overall time.Vessey advanced to today’s semifinals. The final is set for Sunday.

San Luis Obispo resident Kara June finished third in her heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:05.40 to advance to Sunday’s final. She had the sixth-fastest time of the day.

In the men’s 10,000-meter final, former San Luis Obispo star Brian Medigovich finished 15th in the 24-man field in 29:53.78.

With 600 meters left in the 10,000 meters, Galen Rupp knew it was finally time to speed things up.

He blew past Edward Moran to win his second straight national title with a time of 28:59.29.

Rupp was the prohibitive favorite to repeat, and he showed why down the stretch. He beat Moran by just under four seconds and Patrick Smyth finished third.

“It’s like Al Davis said. In this, just win baby,” Rupp said. “I put a little distance on (Moran) pretty quickly. So when that happened, I was like all right, I got to make a move here. Let’s go for the kill.”

The men’s and women’s 10,000 races took center stage with junior national events dominating the schedule. Amy Begley beat hometown favorite Lisa Koll in the women’s 10,000, winning in 32:066.45.

Begley, the top-ranked American in the 10,000 and the defending national champion, let Koll take the top spot as the race progressed. She hung right behind the NCAA champion and former Iowa State star, before overtaking her just before the bell lap to cruise to a five-second win.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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