Sun, Apr. 13, 2008 San Luis Obispo Tribune
Mission Prep runner wins for third straight year at Arcadia
Jordan Hasay called it “as exhilarating a finish as I’ve had ever.”
It’s understandable why the Mission Prep junior distance runner would say so. Hasay won the girls 3,200-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational on Saturday in dramatic fashion, overcoming Woodbridge High rival Ch r i s t i n e Babcock in the final 100 meters to take the race in 10 minutes, 3.07 seconds.
“The crowd is great at Arcadia, but this time it was amazing,” Hasay said in a phone interview. “It was a big blur, the crowd screaming at the end.”
Hasay was a blur herself, breaking her own meet record in the 3,200 by 0.63 seconds. She won in 2007 in 10:03.7 and in 2006 in 10:07.56. That means Hasay and Babcock — who was second Saturday in
10:04.03 — now own the top four marks in the 3,200 in the meet’s 41-year history.
“It was a big matchup for us today,” Hasay said of herself and Babcock. “She’s a great runner and a great person. I’m really happy that we were able to race today. It could’ve been anyone’s day.”
Hasay made it her day, though, by winning the first mile before Babcock stormed back to win the second. Hasay then made her late push in the final 100 meters.
“My strategy originally was to push the pace,” Hasay said. “With three laps to go, (Babcock) ended up taking the pace and I tried to take it back, but she kept surging. I just decided to stay behind her until the last lap.”
Hasay said she will now begin training for speed work in the 1,500, but that she plans to still run in the 3,200 at the CIF State Championships. She will compete next at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford on May 4.
“I’m going in there to develop some more experience in racing and hopefully get a fast time with other great runners,” Hasay said of the Payton Jordan Invitational.
Also in the Invitational Division on Saturday night, Templeton’s Justin Cutler was fifth in the boys discus (172 feet, 6 inches) and eighth in the shot put (56-6 1/2). Nipomo’s Korben Boaz took sixth in the boys discus (171-5) and 15th in the shot put (50-9 1/2), and teammate Jeanette De- Witt was fourth in the girls discus (147-4). Atascadero’s A. J. Teunissen tied for eighth in the boys pole vault (15-1). Arroyo Grande’ Kenny Sugishita took 14th in the boys shot put (52-2).
In the Open Division earlier Saturday, Arroyo Grande’s Justin Morrow (53-4 1/2) and Austin Field (52-11) were third and sixth, respectively, in the boys shot put.
Teammates Maddie Franklin (38-5) and Brooke Shepard (38-3) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the girls shot put. Shepard was eighth in the discus (119-4).
Elsewhere, Morro Bay senior Meagen Moiola established a new meet and school record with her 5-6 jump at the 89th annual Russell Cup in Carpinteria.
Moiola eclipsed the meet record by half an inch — breaking her school mark from last season by a full inch.
The Pirates girls 1,600 relay team of Erin Riley, Linsey Milligan, Aalia Fields and Lacey O’Connor was first in 4:12.5.
Morro Bay’s Nicole Foster was second in the pole vault (9-6). On the boys side, teammate Jerome Long was third in the shot put (47-9).