Posted on Fri, Jan. 11, 2008
Gatorade honors Mission Prep star with its first California Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year honor
By Joshua D. Scroggin San Luis Obispo
Jordan Hasay is back on the move. After suffering a foot injury that kept her from training for two weeks following the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in December, the Mission Prep running star said she is back to normal and plans on competing again next month.
“Since my foot’s healed pretty quickly,” Hasay said, “I think I will probably run the junior nationals in San Diego in February.”
News that Hasay will end her cross country season at the USA Junior Cross Country Championships at Mission Bay Park on Feb. 16 coincides with the Royals junior being named the inaugural Gatorade California Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year on Thursday.
Hasay, who won state and Foot Locker West Regional championships for the third straight year earlier this season, is a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, which is determined by outstanding athletic performance, high academic standards and community service.
If she wins, Hasay will have the chance to be named the girls Athlete of the Year, an award that spans all prep sports. UCLA basketball standout Kevin Love won the boys award last year.
“I didn’t really think I was gonna win,” Hasay said. “It’s an honor because a lot of great athletes in the past have won.”
Hasay sports a 4.83 grade-point average and through St. Patrick’s Catholic Church youth group, has made gifts for the disabled, fed the hungry and spoken to elementary school students.
Still, Hasay is best known for her exploits on the track, and beginning with what could be an appearance in the 5K race at the K-Bell track meet at Los Gatos High in San Jose on March 8, expects to have another banner season.
Her stretch goal is a potential appearance in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Hasay has already qualified for the Trials in the 1,500- meter race, but her appearance in the competition may depend on how many others qualify ahead of her by this summer.
Hasay could have opportunities to better her time depending on how her season goes.
That’s why the foot injury, which doctors said bordered on developing into a stress fracture with a much longer recovery time, was troubling when it first developed.
But a couple of weeks of inactivity were followed by a slow return to training and an interesting switch in footwear.
“I was wearing the same style of shoes for a while just ’cause I like that style,” Hasay said. “Now I have three different pairs of shoes that I alternate throughout the week because every shoe has its weakness, so I think that’s gonna help me.”
She said some critics blamed the injury on overtraining and that it hurt her performance in the Foot Locker National meet, where she finished third after leading most of the race. But Hasay said the injury, which developed throughout the fall season, had nothing to do with that performance and defended her training techniques.
“I’m definitely not overtraining,” Hasay said. “I probably do less miles than most of the top girls. It just happens. People just get injuries.”