Hasay set for her final world junior meet

After a standout freshman campaign at Oregon, former Mission Prep track star Jordan Hasay has a chance to put an exclamation mark on her first year as a Duck.

Hasay will run in the 1,500 and 3,000 at the World Junior Championships beginning Monday in Moncton, Canada, with a chance to claim her first world junior title in her last attempt at the junior level.

Hasay has come close before. She finished second in the 1,500 at the world juniors in 2007 and was fourth in 2008. There was no junior world meet last season.

The 1,500 would seem to be Hasay’s best shot at a win. She set a personal best of 4 minutes, 13.85 seconds at the Nike Track Nationals on July 3 in Eugene, Ore., finishing second to former Olympian Malindi Elmore of Canada.

“I’d be thrilled,” Hasay said. “In the 1,500, I have a pretty good shot to win hopefully. It would mean a lot to me.”

Whether due to a concentration in the 1,500 or the logistics of attempting to compete in two events, Hasay has never competed in the 3,000 at the world juniors.

At this year’s event, the 1,500 and 3,000 will be run Monday and Friday, respectively.

Hasay qualified for the world junior meet by winning her fourth consecutive U.S. junior title in the 1,500 last month. She became the first person to win the race four times. She also finished second at the U.S. junior meet in the 3,000 with a PR of 9:18.92.

“The main goal in the 3,000 will just be to medal,” Hasay said. “It would be very difficult for me to win.”

With the NCAA running the 5,000 instead of the 3,000, Hasay said she is interested in seeing how her newfound experience running in the longer distance can shape her efforts.

“We think that I can just run a tough race and see how it goes,” Hasay said. “I just want to see how I can do and get a good experience.”

Oregon track and field head coach Vin Lananna said he understands the risks of trying to run the double, but he liked seeing the initiative from Hasay.

“She’s really wanted to do this,” Lananna said. “She’s a very heady young woman who has been there before and knows the score.

“It’s a little risky. But that’s why we recruited Jordan. She’s a risk taker.”

Hasay helped lead the Ducks to second place at the NCAA Championships in June, finishing third in the 1,500.

“She’s been absolutely fantastic,” Lananna said. “She’s done a fantastic job and I couldn’t have asked any more of her.”

Looking back on her first year at Oregon, Hasay agreed that things couldn’t be going much better for her.

“It’s been great,” Hasay said. “It’s basically one of the best decisions of my life to come here. I love the coaches and the program and the school.

“I feel great to be in this position.”