Nov 9, 2012 6:07 PM by Andrew Masuda
Central Coast native Jordan Hasay and Cal Poly freshman Laura Hollander delivered a fierce battle at the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country West Regional at Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle, Washington.
Hollander, who was coming off a dominant win at the Big West Conference Championships, led for most the enter 6K course. However, Hasay, an Oregon senior and two-time defending West Regional champion, overcame a 4 second deficit in the final kilometer to outkick Hollander.
Hasay won her third-straight West Regional with a course record time of 19:16. Hollander finished second at 19:22 followed by Stanford's Kathy Kroeger.
With five runners in the top 24, the Oregon women easily won the team title at the Regional. Stanford and Arizona tied for second. Big West champion Cal Poly came in eleventh.
Annie Mooney, a sophomore at UCLA and former teammate at Mission Prep of Hasay, finished 46th overall with a time of 20:50.
Arizona's Lawi Lalang finished the 10k men's race first in 29:02. He edged his teammate Stephen Sambu, the runner-up, by 36 seconds.
Cal Poly's David Cardona finished 17th in 30:10 to help the Cal Poly men finished 8th out of 26 teams in the Regional. Sean Davidson was Cal Poly's second runner to cross the line. He came in 29th place in 30:24 and Chris Frias was 31st in 30:25.
Hollander, Hasay and the rest of the Oregon women, automatically qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships that are Saturday, November 17 in Louisville, Kentucky. It will be Hasay's last chance at a NCAA cross country title. She finished second last year as a junior and in third as a sophomore.
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