No one is sure - not even Jordan Hasay herself - what kind of time the state's three-time 3,200-meter champion from Mission Prep will deliver in this year's finals.
"I'm back," she said after coasting to a 10:30.04 winning time in Saturday's Central Section championships at Buchanan.
Hasay, whose personal-best 9:52.13 ranks No. 2 all-time in the state, fought a sinus infection for a month earlier this season. One thing that can be said for certain about Hasay -- her signature waist-deep blonde ponytail now hangs on a taller body. The girl that arrived at the San Luis Obispo school as a 4-foot-11 freshman is up to 5-4.
Other notes and quotes from the section meet, whose top three finalists in each event qualified for the state:
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Strange balance: On a day Buchanan of the Tri-River Athletic Conference ran away with its first boys' team title by 451/5 points, 10 of the 16 events were actually won by representatives from Kern County. Most impressive was Foothill's long-striding Chris Schwartz, who successfully defended his double gold in the 1,600 (4:14.37) and 3,200 (9:20.22).
Pole vault: That 16-4 that Clovis East's Michael Peterson narrowly missed after clearing a winning 15-4 figures to be needed to challenge Mater Dei-Santa Ana's Michael Woepse (16-9).
Pole vault: While Peterson faces long odds in hanging a state gold medal around his neck, the chances appear better for Buchanan's Holly Weseloff (12-7) while competing on her home course against the likes of state leaders MacKenzi Landry of Del Oro and Allison Koressel of Huntington Beach (each at 13-1).
400/1,600 relays: Bullard, in the 400 (47.13), and Edison, in the 1,600 (3:50.76), flew to two of the section's best-ever times Saturday. But they will have to be on top of their games to occupy the state medal stand (top six). St. Mary's Academy has scorched a 45.50 in the 400, and Long Beach Poly's latest flying foursome has gone 3:43.85 in the 1,600.
Prandini's parade: Clovis sophomore Jenna Prandini, who became only the second athlete in the 93-year history of the section meet to win four events, still ranks fourth in the state in the 100 (11.81) and seventh in the triple jump (39-31/2).
The CIF State Track and Field Championships is June 5-6 at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High.