DES MOINES, Iowa —Many tears and a bout of second-guessing defined Jordan Hasay’s Saturday.
Hasay faded in the final 200 meters and finished eighth in the women’s 1,500-meter run at the NCAA track and field national championships at Drake Stadium.
“I was confident going into today. I just didn’t have it,” Hasay said.
Hasay, a sophomore at Oregon, pushed into the lead with about 300 meters left, but that small advantage was quickly erased. Villanova’s Sheila Reid, who also won the women’s 5,000, shot into first and won in 4 minutes, 14.57 seconds.
Hasay, a former Mission Prep star, finished in 4:17.67, about two seconds slower than her qualifying run Thursday. She was about 14 hours removed from taking fourth in the 5,000 and wondered if three distances races in three days was a bridge too far.
“Maybe it was the wrong decision to double,” Hasay said. “I just don’t know what happened. All weekend I didn’t have that kick. I don’t know if we just didn’t peak right or if I’m just tired.”
Teammate Becca Friday, who took fifth, had no doubt that the two races wore on Hasay.
“She ran a 5K. I wonder where everyone else would have run if they’d done a 5K,” Friday said. “She’s always willing to do what it takes for the team. I know she’ll bounce back. She’s a great competitor.”
Reid became the first woman to win the 1,500 and 5,000 at the NCAA meet.
“I couldn’t even think straight when I crossed the finish line. I gave probably the most embarrassing celebration ever,” Reid said. “I’m so ecstatic right now. It hasn’t totally sunk in yet.”
Hasay, who was third in the 1,500 last season, said she was more upset about not earning more team points — eighth-place earns one point –— and her fears were validated after the meet’s final event.
The Ducks, seeking their second national title and first since 1985, were tied with Texas A&M heading into the 1,600 relay. The Aggies won the race, and the Ducks took third, giving Texas A&M its third straight national title with 49 points while Oregon (45 points) was second for the third straight year. The Aggies also won the men’s championship for the third straight season, finishing one point ahead of runner-up Florida State, and two points ahead of third-place Florida.