When a young Jordan Hasay started beating all of the high schoolers as a mere grade-schooler she became known just as much for her tenacious, push-from-the gun racing style as for her golden locks. Oh, that golden hair; trailing behind her it seemingly the only thing that could keep pace. Some things never change, and while Hasay has retained the pony her racing style has matured with age.
As an age-grouper Hasay became the buzz of the running scene when the California native began blitzing off records and times; at just 12 years old her 9:48.77 for 3000m being the first to fall. She eventually lowered that to 9:35.12 in 2005 and the USATF Junior Olympics Youth 1500m record also crippled in Hasay’s wake twice, eventually down to 4:28.61.
Lofty expectations began piling up, though with maturity beyond her years the slight Hasay didn’t faulted under the pressure. Her freshman year at Mission Prep High School opened with a bang, securing the 2005 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Title, only the second freshman to do so in the esteemed event’s existence. By the time track rolled around the dynamo won the California State 3200m event (10:13.55) and her 2006 Golden West 1600m time of 4:42.21 put her in the books as the second fastest freshman in US history behind only Mary Decker’s freshman record of 4:42.0 dated 1973. That year culminated in her winning the 2006 USATF Junior Track Championships for the 3000m.
As a sophomore, Hasay’s track season saw a national class record cave in the 3200m with her 10:04.52. Her 1500m time of 4:16.98 when she won the 2007 USATF Junior Track Championships was another National sophomore record; later representing the USA at the IAAF World Youth Championships she earned a silver medal.
As a junior she continued her third win of the 3200m at the California State Meet, the 9:52.13 listed her as the second fastest female over the distance to date.
But perhaps the pinnacle of the young running starlet’s prep career came at the 2008 US Olympic Trials. As just a junior, Hasay stepped to the track at Hayward Field. Lining up against the pro’s, still barely 5-feet and a ponytail nearly just as long, the stands were in an uproar as she ran a 4:14.50 over 1500m. Effectually she set the National High School Record and just as astounding had moved on to another round of the Olympic Trials. Later that year saw her placing fourth over the 1500m at the IAAF World Junior Championships, a feat that made her the highest placing US Junior in history for the event.
By the time Hasay graduated high school she had racked up two USATF Cross Country Junior Championship titles (2007-2008), the aforementioned 2006 USATF Track Championship 3000m, and four-times winning the 1500m at the USATF Junior Track Championships (2007-2010). She claimed the CA Cross Country State Meet title all four years and added a second Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship win to her name as a senior. In total, her age group records came out to thirteen and National high school class records added up to nine.
Hasay signed on to run for the University of Oregon, where she eventually was named an NCAA All-American a jaw-dropping 15 times. Hasay claimed two NCAA National Champions titles (indoor mile, indoor 3,000m), paired with setting two school records (indoor 3,000m, indoor distance medley), and as the 2011 NCAA Cross Country runner-up she became only the second Lady Duck to finish that high for the event. Hasay returned to Hayward Field again during the 2012 US Olympic Trials for the 1500m and once again qualified on to the semi-finals. As a senior, placing third, she was the leading force behind the Lady Ducks claiming their first NCAA Cross Country Team Championships since 1987. Racing for the last time at the NCAA Track Championships Hasay placed 3rd in the 5,000m race.
Eagerly looking forward to the next step in her running career, Hasay signed with the Nike Oregon Project to be coached by Alberto Salazar. Instantly proving she continues to be the one to watch, Hasay placed second at the 2013 US National Championships in the 10,000m. Later lowering her PR for the event down to 31:46.42 she secured her spot to represent the US at the 2013 World Championships.