Arlington, VA - The RRCA announced today that Jordan Hasay has been awarded the “ 2008 Outstanding Youth Runner of the Year” sponsored by YOUTH RUNNER MAGAZINE. The award will be presented to Jordan at the RRCA’s Annual Banquet in San Francisco on March 28.

Jordan is a senior at Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo, CA and captured the nation’s attention during the Olympic Trials when she advanced to the finals of the Women’s 1500 and finished in 10th place. The owner of nine national age-group records, Hasay, set a new high school record with a time of 4:14.50 in the Trials semi-finals.

Jordan was recently announced as the winner of the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Hasay as the nation's best high school girls cross country runner. Hasay was selected from more than 190,000 high school girls cross country runners nationwide

A two-time Gatorade California Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Hasay was unbeaten this past season and raced to a national title at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. The senior, who also won the Foot Locker championship as a freshman, captured the 2008 Division 5 state title with the fastest time in any class, 17:18, and also broke the tape at the Mt. Sac Invitational in October. The 5-foot-4 Hasay became the first runner ever to win four Foot Locker Cross Country regional championships when she topped the field at the 2008 West Regional in December.

She recently announced that she will attend the University of Oregon on a full athletic scholarship.

The 2007-08 USA Cross Country junior champion has maintained a 4.53 GPA in the classroom. She is also active in the St. Patrick's Parish Youth Ministry program, has volunteered in the People's Kitchen at the Prado Day Center for the homeless, and has donated her time to the Special Olympics and the Invisible Children Project humanitarian-aid initiative.

Jordan has been quoted as saying, “I love running and look at each race as a new adventure. My goal is not to be remembered as the best high school runner ever, but one of the best American distance runners in the future.”

Dan Kesterson, Editor of Youth Runner Magazine said, “We first noticed Jordan when she won her first national title at the USATF Junior Olympics in Eugene, Oregon as a middle school runner and we’ve been following her incredible journey ever since. We’re proud to present her with the Outstanding Youth Runner of the Year Award.”

ABOUT YOUTH RUNNER MAGAZINE: Youth Runner Magazine features young athletes who compete in track & field and cross country running with interviews, stories, and advice from top coaches and Olympians. http://www.youthrunner.com.

The Road Runners Club of America is a non-profit organization of over 700 running clubs and 175,000 members across the United States. The RRCA chapters organize races, have training runs, provide safety guidelines, promote children's and masters fitness running programs, and have social programs. http://www.RRCA.org