Posted: Apr 29, 2012 11:09 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Apr 30, 2012 8:14 AM
Arroyo Grande native Jordan Hasay has been working toward qualifying for the United States Olympic trials but after Sunday nights race at Stanford University admitted to KSBY that she might not be ready. The Oregon junior finished 16th in the 5,000 meter race at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
The field included some of the best distance runners in the world including Kenyan Sally Kipyego, who won with a scorching time of 14:43.11. Kipyego finished more than 15 seconds ahead of second place Julia Lucas of the United States. Hasay finished with a time of 15:44.87 as she faded in the field down the stretch.
Hasay's personal best time in the 5,000 meter is 15:37. She'll need to improve that time by two seconds to qualify for the US Olympic trials as 15:35 is the "A" Standard needed to qualify.
After Sunday's race in Stanford a dejected Hasay told KSBY her main focus for the rest of the season will now be the NCAA season. After talking with her coach she said she has a long ways to go before she can compete with the top runners in the world. Hasay was second among college runners in Sunday's race, finishing 25 seconds behind Jessica Tebo of the University of Colorado.
Hasay is a two time NCAA Champion and an 11 time All-American.
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