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Jun 6, 2011 11:53 PM by Andrew Masuda

Hasay set to chase NCAA titles this week in Iowa

The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association named Mission Prep graduate Jordan Hasay its West Region Co-Track Athlete of the Year on Monday. Hasay is hoping to score even bigger this week at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The University of Oregon sophomore will be chasing after her first NCAA outdoor track title and continue what's already been a stellar sophomore year. "Last year as a freshman it was definitely hard not winning races all the time like I did in high school. So this year I've been able to increase my confidence and know that I can compete at this level," said Hasay during a phone interview with KSBY Sports.

There have been few who can compete at her level. In the fall, Hasay finished second at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. This winter, Jordan helped Oregon defend its national indoor track title by capturing her first collegiate indoor titles in the mile and 3,000 meter. Last month, Jordan won the women's 1500 and 5K titles at the PAC-10 Championships helping the Ducks come from behind to win the conference title. The Academic All-District First Team selection will look to double again in Iowa and help the #1 ranked Duck women capture a national outdoor title.

"We just decided to do two events because we're in the hunt for the team title between us, Texas A&M and LSU. It's going to be really tight and any any points that I can get would definitely help the team score," said Hasay.

Jordan enters the NCAA Outdoor meet with the nation's fastest 1,500 time at 4:10.28 and the second fastest 5K mark of 15:37.29. "It'd definitely be a huge honor to bring back the titles for Oregon and mostly just the team title. If I win one event or if I don't win either, I'd still be happy if we won the team thing," added the Arroyo Grande native.

Hasay will run in the 1,500 semifinals on Thursday night, before racing in the 5K final on Friday. The 1,500 final is scheduled for Saturday.

Later this month, the six-time All-American will compete against professionals at the USA Senior Nationals that will take place on her home track in Eugene, Oregon. She also plans to race in Europe this summer to start preparing to qualify for the 2012 USA Olympic Trials.

"I'm really looking forward to that. Hopefully I can get into some fast races and get my times down for next year going into the Olympic year because I still need to get the A Standard for the 1,500 and or the 5K," said Hasay.

The A Standard is the standard time set by the International Association of Athletics Federation that an athlete must meet in order to represent his or her country in the Olympic Games. For example, the A standard in the women's 1,500 is 4:06 and in the 5K it is 15:15.

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