Jordan Hasay became the first person to win four junior national titles in the women’s 1,500-meter run when she won the race in 4 minutes, 26.38 seconds Saturday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
It was also the fourth straight 1,500 junior title for Hasay, the former Mission Prep star who just completed her freshman season at Oregon.
Hasay’s win automatically qualified her to compete in the 1,500 in the Junior World Championships in Moncton, Canada, from July 19-25. She will also compete in the 3,000 meters there after finishing second in that race at the U.S. meet Thursday.
In Saturday’s race, Hasay took the lead early in the race and cruised to the win. Georgetown’s Rachel Schneider was second in 4:27.26.The only other local competitor in action Saturday was former Cal Poly star Sharon Day in the women’s heptathlon.
Day, who was third after Friday’s opening day, moved up to second as she finished with 6,006 points. Hyleas Fountain easily won the heptathlon with a personal-record score of 6,735 points. Bettie Wade, who was second after Friday’s competition and led Day by four points, finished third with 5,966 points.
Day opened her day Saturday by scoring 810 points with a best of 19 feet, 31⁄4 inches in the long jump. She threw the javelin 141-9 for 729 points and capped her day with a time of 2:16.77 in the 800 for 868 points. Day had the second-best javelin mark and third-best 800 time.
Six local athletes will be competing in today’s final day of the meet, highlighted by Atascadero’s Chelsea Johnson in the women’s pole vault and Arroyo Grande High and Cal Poly graduate Stephanie Brown Trafton in the women’s discus.
Johnson, who tied for second at last year’s world championships, will be going for her first national title. Brown Trafton, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist in Beijing, is the defending national champion.
Three other former Cal Poly stars will also be competing today as Maggie Vessey is in the women’s 800 final, Ben Bruce is in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase final and Aris Borjas is in the men’s javelin.
San Luis Obispo’s Kara June will be running in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase final.