Hasay wins third straight in 3,200 at Arcadia

ARCADIA - Jordan Hasay won her anticipated duel with Christine Babcock Saturday night and set yet another national class 3,200 meter/two mile class record at the Arcadia Invitational in the process.

Hasay passed Babcock, an Irvine Woodbridge senior, in the last 100 meters to win the women's invitational 3,200 in 10:03.07 to Babcock's 10:04.03. The Mission Prep junior and Arroyo Grande resident ran the third-fastest girls U.S. time ever at the distance. Kim Mortensen, who was the only U.S. girl to break 10 minutes in the 3,200, owns the first and second-fastest times ever nationally.

Hasay set the national junior class record. She set a class record when she won the 3,200 race at Arcadia as a freshman. She set a sophomore class record when she won the two mile there last year.

Seniors Chelsea Cassulo of Lompoc and Jeanette DeWitt provided other big local highlights at Arcadia Saturday night. Cassulo smashed her personal best in the shot put, finishing third at 42-8 1/2 in the women's invitational division. DeWitt placed fourth at 147-4 in the women's invitational discus.

Lompoc coach Claudia Terrones said, “Chelsea's personal best before this was 41-2, also this year. She may have broken the school record (tonight). Obviously, we're very happy with where she's at.”

Hasay pronounced herself happy too, after she countered Babcock's unexpected mid-race move.

Hasay said, “I led for the first mile, then she passed me.” She chuckled. “We didn't really have a race plan for that. We thought she'd try to stay on my shoulder, then try to pass me at the end with her speed.

“I'd planned to make a mid-race move, but whenever I tried to pass her, she just kept surging. I just tried to hang in there. It was nice that she led (most of the second half). I wasn't expecting that. I think it helped both of us.”

Among St. Joseph representatives at Arcadia, Mariah Vail tied for seventh in the women's open shot put at 37-7; Teresa Loya was 14th in the women's invitational shot put at 37-2; and Jeff Blake finished eighth in the men's open high jump at 6-0 Friday.

Justin Morrow led Arroyo Grande's contingent with a third place at 53-4 1/4 in the men's open shot put. Teammate Austin Field was sixth at 52-11.

Maddie Franklin led Arroyo Grande's girls with a fourth-place at 38-5 in the women's open shot put. Teammate Brooke Shepard finished fifth at 38-3.

Shepard also placed eighth at 119-11 in the women's open discus. Teammates Alyssa Downey (114-11) and Kelsey Wagner (110-8) were 10th and 12th respectively.

Templeton's Justin Cutler placed fifth at 172-3 in the men's invitational discus. Korben Boaz of Nipomo (171-5) and Kenny Sugishita of Arroyo Grande (166-9) were sixth and ninth respectively.

Sugishita (52-2) was 14th in the men's invitational shot put. Boaz (50-9 1/2) was a place behind him.

Hasay said that she had hoped to break 10 minutes, but a temperature of “95-ish” during the day scotched that hope. “It didn't cool down much (by the scheduled 7 p.m. race time),” Hasay said. “I just wanted to win.

“We went out really fast, 69, and in that kind of heat, that can take a lot out of you later. I think I can break 10 minutes if I just go out in 74, 75 or so, but running against Christine, it was hard to check the adrenaline. She really improved in cross country this year, and it's carried over into track.”

Babcock is the national federation record holder in the girls 1,600 meters. Her previous 3,200 best was 10:15, but with the fastest overall time in the state cross country meet last fall (one second faster than Hasay's winning divisional time), she showed that she's coming on strong in the longer stuff too, so it was a particularly big win for Hasay. She moved to 3-0 on the young season.