Hasay named Academic All-American of the Year

Jordan Hasay capped off a stellar career at the University of Oregon by being named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for Division I Women’s track and field and cross country.

She won the same honor in 2011, becoming the first athlete to win the national award as a sophomore. Hasay graduated earlier this month with a degree in business administration with a 3.87 GPA.

“It’s a huge honor,” she said Friday. “It’s one of the bigger awards I’ve won.”

Two other Ducks, Anne Kesselring and Ben DeJarnette, joined Hasay on the first team.

Hasay credited time management, as well as understanding professors in the Lundquist College of Business, for being able to balance the demands of training and study.

“All the professors, especially in the business school, are very understanding about the demands of student-athletes,” she said.

Hasay, a native of Arroyo Grande, Calif., is the most decorated runner in school history, with 17 combined All-America awards, two national titles and four Pac-12 championships, according to GoDucks.com. She led Oregon to two national titles her senior year, in cross country and indoor track, along with the Pac-12 outdoor title.

She just turned professional, and is now running for Nike Oregon Project under the tutelage of Alberto Salazar. In her first race as a pro, she finished second in the 10,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jordan Hasay. Photo: Geoff Thurner/GoDucks.comShe still needs to run the qualifying standard to compete in the World Championships in Moscow in August. Hasay said she plans to go after the qualifying time of 32:05, one second faster than her personal best, at an upcoming race.

“I’m looking forward to wearing the USA jersey and representing my country,” she said.

Beyond that, Hasay is looking ahead to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“Every professional track and field athlete wants to make the Olympic team,” she said. “Hopefully I’ll have quite a few Olympic cycles, and run for 10 to 15 years. It’s my passion. I love being out there and training hard and competing.”

Hasay had a memorable introduction to Oregon’s storied track culture as a high school senior in 2008, when she competed in the Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. After her race in the 1,500 meters, the crowd serenaded her with a chant of “Come to Oregon.”

“When I got that ‘Come to Oregon,’ it was really, really special. It was first glimpse of what this community would mean to me," she said.

“The whole university is such a special place. I feel so honored and blessed. I have so many special memories. I can’t imagine having my college career anywhere else. I’ll be a Duck forever.”

Tim Christie