Jordan Hasay liked being an NCAA individual champion so much, she decided to do it twice Saturday.
The Oregon sophomore and former Mission Prep star won the women’s indoor mile and the 3,000 meters at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in leading the Ducks to an emphatic victory and a repeat win in the team race.
Led by Hasay’s two individual wins, the Ducks blew away the competition, finishing with 67 points to 38 for runner-up Texas and 37 for third-place LSU.
Hasay helped get Oregon started on a repeat team title Friday when she anchored the Ducks’ second-place distance medley relay team to a school record.
On Saturday, Hasay was the favorite entering the mile having posted an NCAA-leading time of 4 minutes, 34.75 seconds earlier this season.
Hasay lurked at the middle of the pack early in the mile, content to let teammate Zoe Buckman set the early pace. With 200 meters to go, Hasay shot past Buckman and finished in 4:33.01, breaking the 1982 school record of 4:33.26 held by Leann Warren.
Hasay led a 1-3-4 Oregon finish as Buckman was third in 4:33.76, and Anne Kesselring was fourth in 4:34.96. Duke’ Kate Van Buskirk was second in 4:33.71.
The 1-3-4 finish gave the Ducks 21 team points and essentially wrapped up the team title.
“We talked about going 1-2-3 like the guys did outdoors,” Hasay told The Oregonian newspaper, alluding to the 2010 NCAA outdoor meet, in which Andrew Wheating, A.J. Acosta and Matthew Centrowitz swept the top three spots in the 1,500 final. “Going 1-3-4 is pretty close. I’m still in shock.”
By the time the 3,000 came around nearly 1 hour and 35 minutes after the conclusion of the mile, Oregon didn’t need Hasay’s team points but she was determined to run and beat Villanova’s Sheila Reid. Reid had run down and passed Hasay on the final lap of Friday’s distance medley relay and then held off Hasay for the win. Hasay was reportedly in tears after that race.
“There was no reason to be disappointed, but the fact that she was is why she is such a great athlete, and why she insisted she run the 3,000,” Oregon coach Vin Lananna told The Oregonian. “There was no athletic reason for her to run the 3,000.”
Hasay entered the 3,000 meters with the fourth-best qualifying time but came from behind and outkicked Reid to win in 9:13.71 while Reid finished second in 9:13.86.
“We had a great battle (Friday) night,” Hasay said. “She is a great runner.”
“I’m still bummed about it. There is nothing I can do about it. You just have to move on. It’s hard when you’re running for the (relay) team. I would rather lose as an individual.”
Hasay had had some narrow misses at individual NCAA titles before Saturday.
At last year’s NCAA indoor meet, she was fourth in the mile. At last June’s NCAA outdoor meet, she was third in the 1,500. And she finished third in November at the NCAA cross country meet.
Loyola Marymount 7, Cal Poly 6; Cal Poly 7, Loyola Marymount 5
The Mustangs had their five-game winning streak ended by the Lions who held on after a late rally fell short for Cal Poly (6-7) in the opener of a doubleheader.
Loyola Marymount started out quickly in the opener, picking up all seven runs in the first three innings, including a three-run home run from designated hitter Matt Koch as a part of a four-run second inning.
The Mustangs finally got on the board in the fifth on an RBI-triple from Bobby Crocker, who was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.
Down 7-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, D.J. Gentile launched a three-run home run with two outs to cut the lead to one. Gentile finished 2 for 5 with a home run, double, three RBI and one run.
Kyle Anderson made the pitching start, lasting four innings for the Mustangs. Chase Johnson relieved him and pitched five innings of two-hit, shutout ball with four strikeouts.
Cal Poly bounced back in game two, fueled by a four-run second inning that featured a two-run double from Jimmy Allen and a two-out, RBI-triple by Mike Miller.
Allen finished the nightcap 2 for 3 with two doubles, four RBI and a run scored. Miller went 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. Denver Chavez and J.J. Thompson both finished with two hits for the Mustangs.
Starting and earning the win for Cal Poly was Joey Wagman, who pitched six innings giving up five hits, two runs and had three strikeouts. Jeff Johnson got the save.
Cuesta 4, Allan Hancock 1
John Christiansen pitched a two-hit shutout as Cuesta (11-6, 3-0 Western State Conference) cruised past Allan Hancock (9-8, 2-1).
Davey Schultz was 2 for 3 with a triple, Alex Detz was 2 for 3, and Darren Mullen was 2 for 4 for the Cougars. Cody Berryman took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Cal Poly 6, Fullerton 1
The Mustangs (10-3, 4-0) dropped only two sets to remain undefeated in Big West matches.
After sweeping all three doubles matches, Cal Poly’s Florence Lehane lost 7-5, 7-6 to Tiffany Mai at first singles.
The Mustangs swept the rest of the singles matches. Margarita Spicin defeated Morgan McIntosh 6-0, 6-2, and Kathryn Webb and Amy Markhoff earned 6-0, 6-0 sweeps for the Mustangs to close out the match.
Cal Poly 4, Fresno State 3
The Mustangs (7-2) started out flat, losing all three doubles matches, before rallying behind Andre Dome, who defeated Rikus Villiers 6-4, 6-0 in first singles.
Alexander Sonesson defeated Fresno State’s Francis Alcantra 6-2, 6-2, and both Marco Comuzzo (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) and Sebastian Bell (4-6, 7-6, 6-3) won for Cal Poly in singles.