Oregon Wins Jordan Hasay
February 3, 2009 by Jay Hicks
Vin Lannana and the University of Oregon Ducks showed their recruiting dominance, securing the commitment of high school distance standout Jordan Hasay. She announced at 5 P.M. EST today that she is heading to the University of Oregon.
Hasay reached the semifinals in the women’s 1,500 at the trials and holds the national high school record in the 1,500 and is the most highly sought after prospect of 2009, pulling in scholarship offers from the nation’s top programs.
They have become a hit factory of late on the distance scene. Many worship at the alter of Galen Rupp and his electric performances but seriously the University of Oregon men are coming off back-to-back cross country national championship title and schools 6th overrall. The women’s program completed a second-straight second place showing at nationals.
The University of Oregon athletes are treated like pro athletes by the media, and the fans, and deservedly so. Running in Eugene is like running for a professional team, the Oregon Track Club & countless other athletes train on-site, The Oregonian is among a handful of newspapers nationally with dedicated track & field beat writer, and oh yeah don’t forget it’s that Hayward Field is the home track for the U.S. Nationals for many years come.
The Mission Prep senior distance runner will be the dominant force in collegiate track & field, as a freshmen even more so than Bianca Knight was a year ago. Hasay could have picked any of the top 25 teams and turned them immediately into contenders. I don’t think that I’m overstating her potential here.
In high school, she won four CIF titles at the state meet, four Foot Locker West Regional titles and recently reigned in her second career Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship.
Hasay is making an incredible business decision. And you can’t blame her. She has the chance of becoming of the greatest college freshmen in history. Hasay will be at the center of the track universe with coach Vin Lananna . Why do you get the feeling that when is not cramming for midterms that she will be running with the likes of Dathan Ritzenhein, learning the tricks of the trade?
Collegiate track & field is abuzz with her to heading to Oregon. Believe me, the folks in Eugene, know how to put on a show. The question is how quickly she progresses and how many years before she leaves the ranks of an amateur athlete and gets a shoe contract to focus all of her energies on the European track circuit.
That is the end game, right?
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