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Jun 21, 2013 1:45 AM by Andrew Masuda

Hasay finishes runner-up in pro debut at USA Championships, eyes spot in Worlds

Central Coast star Jordan Hasay opened her professional career with an impressive second place finish in the women's 10,000 meter final at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night.

Despite the hot and humid conditions, Hasay had enough left in the tank for a strong runner-up finish to earn a silver medal. The recent University of Oregon graduate was clocked in 32 minutes, 17 seconds. It was still shy of the "A" and "B" standard times she needed to run to qualify for the World Championships in August in Moscow.

London Olympic Bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan with a time of 31:43, two seconds better than the "A" standard time. Flanagan will represent the US in Russia after setting a stadium record for the event. Tara Erdmann finished in third place at 32:24.

There's still a chance Hasay and Erdmann can make Team USA if either reaches the "A" standard time of 31:45 or the "B" standard of 32:05 before July 20. Hasay, who just signed a contract this week to join Erdmann on the Nike Oregon Project team, will run in another 10K race at a later date in Oregon. The two women can both make Team USA if one meets the "A" standard and the other makes the "B." If both women make the "B" then the highest placing runner would go to Worlds along with Flanagan and Amy Hastings, who finished fourth, but already has the "A" standard. If neither Hasay nor Erdmann meets a standard time, then Flanagan, Hastings and Kara Goucher would go to Russia. Goucher finished fifth at the USA Championships, but met the "B" standard in a previous race.

Thursday's race was a nice bounce back effort for Hasay, who struggled in the heat last month in the 10K in the NCAA West Regional and failed to advance to the NCAA Championships in the event. Hasay went on to finish third at NCAA's in the 5K to earn her Oregon-record 18th All-American honor.

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