The crowds in Eugene, Oregon loved her. They witnessed a stellar performance when Jordan Hasay set the girls’ high school record for the 1,500 meter race. They wooed her at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. They chanted for Ms Hasay to select the University of Oregon as the school to continue her education. “Come to Oregon!” was the message the crowds delivered loudly to Ms Hasay. And she listened – Jordan Hasay will attend the University of Oregon:
“…“It was just really amazing and when they were recruiting me, they were saying Eugene is a track town, but you can’t really understand that until you actually run there,” Hasay said. “Just to go out into the stadium, it’s just kind of a runner’s dream because there are so many people supporting track and field. You never get that many people at meets.”
The 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter specialist will be joining a program that has developed 112 women’s outdoor track and field all-Americans…”
For those who have followed Jordan Hasay’s accomplishments, this is the course of many other Olympians. And some will ask why a young high school student’s university choice should have any importance. The answer may be in the talent. Anyone who has seen Jordan Hasay, or so many of the other athletes of her generation in their chosen sport, recognize the physical gifts. At this point, there is not the pursuit of the ‘next big contract’. It is not about advertising endorsements. There is not the question of chemically enhanced performances. There is simply the joy of the sport – improving and achieving. And Eugene, Oregon will welcome Jordan Hasay to her new home.