High School Sports

Stories of the year, No. 4: Hasay’s prep career ends, college career begins

This was a year of transition for Jordan Hasay.

The Arroyo Grande native and former Mission Prep standout ended a high-profile recruiting process Feb. 3 when she committed to the University of Oregon.

It’s no wonder why the elite in college track and field and cross country wanted her.

Earlier this month, ESPN Rise ranked Hasay’s high school career as the eighth-best of any athlete in the country over the decade. The list also included current professional superstars such as LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Mauer of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins and Adrian Peterson of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The publication also recently named her the Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Decade.

As a senior for the Royals this past season, Hasay became the first four-time California state champion in the 3,200 meters (winning in 10 minutes, 5.29 seconds) and the state’s second four-time cross country champion.

By the end of her prep career, her résumé of awards included: Gatorade Girls National Cross Country Runner of the Year, Track & Field News’ Girls High School Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year, USA Today’s High School Track and Field Girls Athlete of the Year, SI.com’s Girls Athlete of the Year, DyeStat Girls Athlete of the Year and MaxPreps Female Athlete of the Year.

She was also her class valedictorian with a 4.51 grade-point average.

In her freshman cross country campaign at Oregon, Hasay — a 2012 Olympic hopeful — went on to earn Pac-10 Conference Newcomer of the Year and All-American honors. She was the Ducks’ No. 1 or No. 2 runner in every race, coming in second at the 6K NCAA West Regional in 20:52.46 and 18th at the NCAA Championships (third as a freshman) in 20:23.1.