TOWSON, Md. - University of Oregon sophomore Jordan Hasay has been named the national Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.
Hasay and teammate Anne Kesselring were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, which gives Oregon a total of six Academic All-Americans for the year, an all-time high for the University.
The award comes with some lofty status for Hasay, as the human physiology major with a 3.96 G.P.A. becomes the first sophomore ever to be named as the national Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year in any NCAA sport. The Academic All-America program began in 1952.
"As always I am extremely honored to represent the University of Oregon," said Hasay. "I'm so thankful to my teammates, coaches and staff at the University who always lift me up and inspire me.
"We have had a great season and have really come together as a team. I'm looking forward to being a part of this team for the years to come and hopefully accomplishing even more exciting things."
Hasay becomes just the third Duck selected a sport's the national Academic All-American of the year, joining Galen Rupp (men's track & field/cross country, 2009) and Bill Musrgave (football, 1990).
The Arroyo Grande, Calif., native now advances to a ballot of 12 finalists from all NCAA Division I sports, from which the nation's overall Academic All-American of the Year will be selected. Her competition includes Connecticut superstar women's basketball national champion Maya Moore, football national champion quarterback Greg McElroy of Alabama and men's basketball All-American Matt Howard of Butler, among 8 others.
Hasay won two NCAA indoor championships this year while leading Oregon to its second consecutive national title. At the NCAA Indoor Meet, Hasay posted first place finishes in the one-mile run and the 3,000-meter run.
The Pacific-10 Conference cross country champion in the fall, she captured third place at the NCAA Cross Country Championship Meet.
Named as the USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, she won three Pacific-10 championships this year. In addition to the Pac-10 cross country title, she captured titles in the 1500-meter and the 5,000-meter runs.
At the NCAA Outdoor Meet, Hasay earned first team All-American honors in the 1500-meter run and the 5000-meter run, helping Oregon finish as national runners-up.
Kesselring, the 2011 NCAA Outdoor champion in the 800 meters, was a second team selection Her winning time of 2:02.15 was the fifth-fastest time in school history. At the Pac-10 championships, the sophomore from Nurnberg, Germany, took third in the 1,500 meters and fifth in the 800 to help the Ducks win their second straight Pac-10 title.
She also finished fourth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Meet as part of the Ducks' second straight national title.
Kesselring has a 4.10 G.P.A. and has not yet declared a major.
Hasay and Kesselring were the fifth and sixth Oregon student-athletes to earn the coveted Academic All-America awards this season. They join previously announced Duck honorees Jack Dukeminier (men's golf first team), Amanda Johnson (women's basketball first team), David Klech (men's track & field/cross country first team) and Katherine Fischer (volleyball third team).
That's one more than the previous best which was set last year when Dukeminier, Johnson, Nicole Blood (women's track), Cyrus Hostetler (men's track) and Alex Wolff (men's track) were honored.