Walker's Pace: Hasay Named Pac-10 AOW
Monday, May 2, 2011
Jordan Hasay became the third Duck woman this season to be named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week, joining English Gardner and Anne Kesselring.
Hasay staked her claim to the collegiate lead in the women's 1,500 meters by running 4:10.28, finishing fifth overall behind four professionals Sunday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. That time was more than a second faster than the 4:11.85 run by Villanova's Sheila Reed at the Mt. SAC Relays last month. Former Washington Husky Katie Follett, who now runs for Brooks, won in 4:08.95, a time that was tops among Americans outdoors in 2011.
In running a :03 personal best, Hasay, a sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif., ran the second-fastest time in Pac-10 history and the fourth-fastest 1,500 meters in school history. Hasay's time was the best by a Duck in 27 years, trailing only Leann Warren's 1982 time of 4:05.88, Ranza Clark's 1984 time of 4:07.50 and Claudette Groenendaal's 1984 time of 4:08.13.
All three of those marks came prior to when the Pac-10 started conducting championships and keeping women's records in 1987. On the league's lists, Hasay's time trails only Lena Nilsson, who set the Pac-10 standard for UCLA in 2003 at 4:07.69.
Here is the complete release from the Pac-10:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for April 25-May 1, 2011:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week: Stephen Sambu, ARIZONA (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya)
Sambu broke the Arizona school record in the 10,000 meters by 38 seconds at the Payton Jordan Invitational. His time of 27:28.64 ranks ninth in the world this year and bested Arizona Olympian Abdi Abdirahman's 12-year old record. Sambu finished seventh overall in a race where he was one of only two collegiate competitors amongst a group of professional athletes. His run was over 45 seconds faster than the top NCAA time heading into the weekend.
Also Nominated: Ryan Milus, ASU; Maxwell Dyce, UCLA; Maurice McNeal, WASH; Jeshua Anderson, WSU
Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Viktor Fajoyomi, USC (Fr., Budapest, Hungary)
Fajoyomi won both the men's high jump (7-0.25/2.14m) and long jump (24-4.50/7.43m) and placed second in the triple jump (50-1.75/15.28m) against UCLA, all with season bests. Both his long jump and triple jump marks rank ninth in the conference this season.
Also Nominated: Jonathan Clark, UCLA; Joe Zimmerman, WASH; Joe Bartlett, WSU
Women's Track Athlete of the Week: Jordan Hasay, OREGON (So., Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Hasay took the collegiate lead in the 1,500 meters by running 4:10.28 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Her time was the second-best in Pac-10 history and the fourth-fastest in Oregon history. Hasay, who finished fourth behind professional athletes, clocked the best time by a Duck in 27 years.
Also Nominiated: Jasmine Chaney, ASU; Laura Carlyle, OSU; Turquoise Thompson, UCLA; Jessica Davis, USC; Jordan Carlson, WASH
Women's Field Athlete of the Week: Marissa Tschida, WASHINGTON STATE (Sr., Missoula, Mont.)
Tschida won the javelin at the Washington-Washington State dual meet for the fourth-consecutive year. Her winning throw of 178-11 (54.54m) was a season best and ranks second nationally this year.
Also Nominated: Julie Labonte, ARIZ; Christabel Nettey, ASU; Tory Anthony, UCLA; Jenny Ozorai, USC; Logan Miller, WASH
2011 Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Men's Track: Apr. 11 - James Alaka, So., WASH; Apr. 18 - Lawi Lalang, Fr., ARIZ; Apr. 25 - Ryan Milus, RS Fr., ASU; May 2 - Stephen Sambu, Jr., ARIZ
Men's Field: Apr. 11 - Mike Morrison, RS Sr., CAL; Apr. 18 - Scott Roth, Sr., WASH; Apr. 25 - Trey Henderson, Sr., USC; May 2 - Viktor Fajoyomi, Fr., USC
Women's Track: Apr. 11 - English Gardner, Fr., ORE; Apr. 18 - Jasmine Chaney, Sr., ASU; Apr. 25 - Anne Kesselring, So., ORE; May 2 - Jordan Hasay, So., ORE
Women's Field: Apr. 11 - Julie Labonte, So., ARIZ; Apr. 18 - Brigetta Barrett, So., ARIZ; Apr. 25 - Julie Labonte, So., ARIZ; May 2 - Marissa Tschida, Sr., WSU
Here is the release from the Pac-10: