May 12, 2013 8:32 PM by Bill Halter
Central Coast native Jordan Hasay was not able to defend her back to back Pac-12 championships in the 1,500 meters. Hasay, a senior at the University of Oregon had the fastest qualifying time and was running with the lead pack on the final turn before fading down the stretch for a fifth place finish.
Hasay crossed in 4:15.53, the winner was Shelby Houlihan from Arizona State who won with a meet record time of 4:14.84.
Hasay qualified for the 5,000 meter final which was later in the day on Sunday but didn't run because the Ducks had already clinched the team title.
This spring, Hasay has switched her focus to the 10,000 meters because she views the longer distance event as her best chance to succeed as a professional. She owns the school record in the event and will likely run it at the NCAA West Region Preliminary Rounds starting May 23 in Austin, Texas. Hasay ran the 1,500 at the Pac-12 meet to save her legs.
The 21 year old grew up in Arroyo Grande and went to high school at Mission Prep.
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