Hasay, Vessey and Bruce advance

Jordan Hasay, Maggie Vessey and Ben Bruce all easily reached the finals of their specialities Friday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hasay, competing in the junior meet for those 19 and younger, easily won her first-round heat of the women’s 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 34.21 seconds to advance to today’s final.

Hasay, the former Mission Prep star who just completed her freshman season at Oregon, had the second-fastest overall time. The top time was turned in by Georgetown’s Rachel Schneider, who ran 4:32.51.

Hasay is seeking her fourth straight junior 1,500 title. She holds the junior meet record of 4 minutes, 16.98 seconds set in 2007. Hasay and Suzy Favor (1984-86) are the only three-time junior USA 1,500 champs.

Vessey, seeking her first U.S. title in the women’s 800 meters, finished second in her semifinal heat in 2:00.09, which was the second-fastest time overall, and easily advanced to Sunday’s final.

Former Cal star Alysia Johnson won the heat Vessey — a former star at Cal Poly — was in and had the fastest time in the 800 semifinals in 1:59.43.

Bruce, another former Cal Poly star, easily advanced to Sunday’s final of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bruce finished second in his heat in 8:40.88 and had the second-fastest time overall, only three-hundredths of a second behind Daniel Huling, who won the heat Bruce was in. Bruce is also seeking his first national title.

Another former Cal Poly star, Sharon Day, is in third place after the opening day of the heptathlon with 3,599 points.

Hyleas Fountain leads with 4,068 points with Bettie Wade four points ahead of Day in second place.

Day ran the 100 hurdles in 14.12 seconds for 961 points, high jumped 5 feet, 10 inches for 953 points, threw the shot put 43-41⁄2 for 742 points and finished her day running the 200 in 24.40 for 943 points.

Day wraps up the seven-event heptathlon today with the long jump, javelin and 800. Day passed up competing in the open high jump to concentrate on the heptathlon.