Hasay tunes up for nationals with another regional title

Jordan Hasay
Jordan Hasay

It’s not often Jordan Hasay talks about needing confidence.

The Mission Prep junior cross country runner, after all, has a second-place finish in the 1,500- meter run at last July’s IAAF World Youth Track and Field Championships among her myriad of accomplishments.

But after winning her third straight Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional meet Saturday, Hasay was glad to head into next Saturday’s FLCCC National Finals in San Diego on a high note. Last year was a setback at nationals for Hasay, who won the event in 2005 before finishing a disappointing 10th in 2006.

“It gives me a lot of confidence,” Hasay said. “I’m just excited I qualified for next week. I didn’t really know how it was going to go today. There were a lot of great girls in the field.”

Hasay wound up winning by 11 seconds at Mt. San Antonio College’s 5K course in Walnut with a time of 17 minutes, 17 seconds. She finished the first mile in 5:09 and was at 10:31 through two miles to finish in front of Davis’ Laurynne Chetelat (17:28).

The race had to be shifted from Mt. SAC’s typical hill-laden course to the campus itself because of rain leading up to the meet.

“This course was totally flat,” Hasay said. “I really didn’t change (technique). I just wanted to go out and run my race and qualify.”

And now she’ll turn her attention to Balboa Park’s Morley Field, where she hopes to return to her national championship form of two years ago.

“I have a lot more confidence than last year,” Hasay said. “I’ll be ready for next weekend. I have some left from today.”

Only the top 10 boys and girls runners from the Northeast, South, Midwest and West regions advanced to nationals, and Hasay was the only runner from San Luis Obispo County to do so.

Templeton’s Paul Delinger was 12th in the junior boys division in 16:46.Mission Prep’s Ben Siqueiros was 17th in 16:51 and teammate Matthew Richman 105th in 18:13 among senior boys.

In the senior girls division, Paso Robles’ Carissa Long was 68th in 22:01.