Erick D. Smith San Luis Obispo Tribune
A fitting way to go out, running all alone and leading by a wide margin. That’s how Mission Prep star Jordan Hasay has won so many of her races. And that’s how she became the first four-time winner at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in the girls 3,200 meters.
Hasay, watching shadows and thinking she was being trailed by San Clemente’s Alex Dunn, didn’t know she was alone until well into her race. Dunn fell out of contention about halfway through, and Hasay cruised to a win in 10 minutes, 5.29 seconds during Saturday night’s final at Buchanan High.
Mission Prep senior Jordan Hasay runs on the way to winning the girls 3,200 meters Saturday at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High in Clovis. Photo by Kirby Lee
“Leading up to (this meet), I wanted to enjoy every moment,” Hasay said about competing in her final high school meet. “I can’t believe it’s over. I’m just going to miss everyone, and it’s a great way to go out.”
Dunn was close behind Hasay for the first four laps until Dunn slowed up and eventually dropped out of the race with an injury. With Dunn out of the picture, Hasay built more than a 100-meter lead, and Rancho Bernardo’s Molly Grabill wound up taking second in 10:23.75.
“I didn’t really realize (Dunn) was gone,” Hasay said. “I could see shadows, but it was my own shadow. I thought it was still her still on me so I kind of picked up the pace.”
Through the first four laps, Hasay was on pace to break the high school national record of 9:48.59. She said she didn’t start worrying about her splits until the last lap and by then she needed to run the final 400 meters in a minute to break the record.
In Hasay’s words, “that wasn’t going to happen.”
But what her time did lock down was the best time in the nation this year by 7 seconds.
“I never really thought about (the national record) being out of my reach,” Hasay said. “I knew I would have to negative split in order to get it, and I just wasn’t feeling a negative split. I was really tired.”
This weekend’s state meet technically wraps up Hasay’s high school running career, but she still has a few races planned this summer before beginning college at the University of Oregon in the fall.
The most notable of her meets, the U.S. national championships, will put her in Eugene, Ore., later this month.
Serving as the sendoff party from high school competition was a large group of supporters from Mission Prep.
Beginning with chants of “Jordan power, Jordan power,” they cheered loudly every time Hasay came down the back straightaway in front of them.
“It really helped and it definitely brought back the memories of the rallies that we’ve had over the past four years,” Hasay said. “They were screaming ‘Go Mission, go Royals.’ It was phenomenal. I’m so very fortunate they could come out.”
She didn’t disappoint either her cheering section or the remainder of the 9,500 fans who all stood to watch her final lap.
Hasay, who set the meet record in this event last year at 9:52.13, didn’t waste much time proving she is one of the best middle-distance runners California has produced.
She was roughly 40 seconds better than the bulk of the 31-girl field, while the second- through sixth-place finishers ran between 10:23.75 and 10:31.26.
That’s the type of Jordan Hasay performance fans in San Luis Obispo County have spent the past years enthusiastically watching.