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Top Stories of 2010, No. 7: Hasay shines for Oregon

Jordan Hasay is off to the kind of recurrent All-American career people envisioned she would have at Oregon.

The Mission Prep grad from Arroyo Grande recently completed her true sophomore cross country season for the Ducks by placing third at the NCAA Championships in November with a 6,000-meter time of 20 minutes, 13 seconds.

Hasay’s placing tied for the best finish by an Oregon runner since 1991, and the previous year a Ducks runner placed higher was 1981.

Hasay also won the NCAA West Regional individual championship in 20:01.90 after being named the Pac-10 Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

“She did a great job,” Oregon head coach Vin Lananna told The Oregonian newspaper following the national championships. “She only knows one way to run, and that’s to win.”

All the cross country success followed a similarly successful track and field season.

In June, Hasay was third in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA outdoor track and field national championships in 4:16.43. A month later, she was fourth in the same event at the IAAF Junior World Championships, in 4:13.95.

Additionally, this past September, Hasay was invited to the White House along with the rest of Oregon’s national title-winning women’s indoor track and field team from the previous season and shook President Barack Obama’s hand as part of a ceremony honoring more than two-dozen championship teams.

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