Hasay just keeps getting faster

She sets a PRof 16:42 in winning at Mt. SAC thanks to fast start

Jordan Hasay heads up a hill comfortably in first place at Saturday’s Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut.
PHOTO BY MARK SMITH
Jordan Hasay heads up a hill comfortably in first place at Saturday’s Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut.

Prep Cross Country

Jordan Hasay is used to passing others.

But Saturday, the Mission Prep junior cross country star passed herself.

Hasay won the girls individual sweepstakes race at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut for the third straight year. Her time of 16 minutes, 42 seconds at the 3-mile race was a personal best and she now has sole possession of the fourth-fastest time ever by a girl at the course. Hasay was previously tied for fourth all-time with Reno’s Marie Lawrence for a 16:48 finish in 2005.

“It helps to be familiar with the course,” Hasay said. “It’s my favorite course. I really like the hills. It seems to go by quickly. You’re always changing terrain.”

Hasay went out quickly, finishing the first mile in 5:11. She averaged 5:34 per mile and finished 23 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Xavier Prep sophomore Jessica Tonn.

“I went out pretty fast,” Hasay

said. “Traditionally on this course, the first mile is pretty fast. They were with me for a while, but I started to break away on the second or third mile.”

It was an improvement on last year’s Mt. SAC Invitational run for Hasay, who won in 17:12 on a much hotter day than the mild conditions Saturday.

“This was my first major race of the season,” Hasay said. “I was happy that I was able to set a PR against a lot of great girls. ... It shows my training is going well and hopefully this season will go well.”

It already has gone well for Hasay, who said she plans to run next at the San Luis Obispo County Invitational on Thursday at Laguna Lake Park.

“It will be nice to run locally and with my team,” Hasay said.

Hasay entered Saturday coming off a record-setting performance at the VS Athletics/ Cal Poly Invitational on Oct. 13. S

She said the only event this season at which she wasn’t completely pleased with her performance was the Clovis Invitational on Oct. 6 in Fresno, where she won in 17:23.

“I’m pretty happy with last week and today,” she said. “I was hoping to do better at Clovis, but that’s OK. I think my season’s right where it should be.”

Hasay was the only Mission Prep runner at the event.

The only other county school that competed Saturday was Paso Robles. The Bearcats’ boys team took sixth in Division II and the girls did not score because they had only four runners.

Paso Robles’ top-10 finish was largely thanks to a standout performance by senior Travis Hallanan, who took first place in 15:47.

In the Division II girls race, junior Loryn Bedell paced the Bearcats with her seventh-place finish in 19:48.

• Hanford Invitational:

Mission Prep was the only county school at the Hanford Invitational, which was hosted by Hanford at Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo.

The Royals had only one runner at the event, Paige Czarnecki, who finished 20th in 20:28.

“She’s working out really well,” Mission Prep coach Leslie Monaco said of Czarnecki. “She ran a great, smart race where she picked people off along the way.”

On the boys side, Mission Prep’s Matt Richman was 29th in 16:02.