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May 24, 2013 12:36 AM by Andrew Masuda

Hasay fails to qualify for NCAA Championship in 10K, finishes 18th at regional

In one of the most stunning developments of the outdoor track and field season, Oregon senior Jordan Hasay failed to advance to the NCAA Championships in the women's 10,000 meter race on Thursday.

The Mission Prep graduate entered the semifinals at the NCAA West Regional with the second fastest time of 32:06, which ranked fourth all-time in NCAA Division I history. Iowa State's Betsy Saina, who ranked #1 in the nation this season at 31:37, also ran in the prelims. The top twelve finishers in the semifinal automatically advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Hasay, who was searching for her first outdoor track individual title, was near the front of the pack for much of the race. However, when Saina and Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State crossed the finish line 1-2, Hasay was far behind. Saina won in 34:52:34 and Tuliamuk-Bolton was clocked in 34:52.71.

Hasay finished almost a minute later in 35:51.20 in eighteenth place. She missed a spot at Nationals by almost 37 seconds. Afterward, Hasay said the Texas heat and humidity played roles in her performance.

Hasay, a 17-time All-American, has one more shot at qualifying for the NCAA Championships on Saturday. Hasay and Cal Poly freshman star Laura Hollander will run in the 5,000 meter prelims. They are in separate heats in the 5K. The top five runners in each heat, plus the next best two times advance to NCAAs, which will be held in two weeks at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

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