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Jul 12, 2013 8:55 PM by Andrew Masuda

Hasay ready to chase down World qualifying standard Sunday

Central Coast star Jordan Hasay says she great as she pursues the qualifying standard for a spot on Team USA for the IAAF World Championships in the women's 10,000 meters.

Hasay, who runs professionally under coach Alberto Salazar with the Nike Oregon Project, as well as her teammate Tara Edrmann, will run in a 10K Sunday to qualify. The race, which has been dubbed "The Chase", is set for 9:30 pm at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon.

Last month, the University of Oregon graduate finished second with a time of 32 minutes ,17 seconds in the women's 10K final at the USA Championships. Erdmann came in third at 32:24. Typically, they would have clinched spots on Team USA for Worlds. However, the problem is that neither has the "A" or "B" standard to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. The "A' is 31:45, while the "B" is 32:05. Hasay's career-best is 32:06.8, which she ran at a Stanford meet a few months ago.

The Mission Prep graduate says training since Nationals has been great and it's included altitude training in Park City, Utah to prepare for the race.The Arroyo Grande native says she is ready to go. "We both feel like we're capable and our workouts have shown we can both hit the "A" and so that'll be the game plan is just to go out at the "A" pace. We're going to have multiple pacers just in case one of us is having a bad day then we'll slow it down and whoever needs to will go for the "B". But that's kind of the luxury of having a teammate in the same race is that we can kind of plan it out," said Hasay. The race will feature a co-ed field with the pacers being their male teammates.

If both runners make the "A" standard on Sunday, or one reaches the "A" and the other the "B", both would make the team. Hasay clinches a spot if she meets either time standard.

Athletes have until July 20 to qualify for Worlds. The World Championships start August 10 in Moscow, Russia.

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