High School Sports

National rankings: Hasay was better in high school than Dwight Howard

Former Mission Prep standout Jordan Hasay found herself in lofty company in the sports world Monday.

Hasay, who set 10 national high school records as a runner for the Royals before embarking on a college career at Oregon at the start of this fall season, was ranked as the country’s eight-best high school athlete of the decade by ESPN Rise Magazine.

Among those ahead of Hasay were: LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers (at No. 1); Joe Mauer of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins (No. 2); Adrian Peterson of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings (No. 5) and Candace Parker of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks (No. 7).

Hasay outranked No. 9 Terrelle Pryor, currently quarterbacking Ohio State, and No. 10 Dwight Howard of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Of Hasay, ESPN Rise wrote: “Four state (cross country) titles. Two national (cross country) titles. Five USA Track & Field national championships. Hasay did it all in high school and will be America’s next great distance runner.”

Hasay, an Arroyo Grande native, was named the Pac-10 Women’s Cross Country Newcomer of the Year last week. She finished second at the NCAA West Regional this year to earn a trip to the national championships, where she finished 18th to earn college All-America honors.