By Brittany Clark
Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography) & Kurt Johnson
It’s one thing to compete in three high school sports over the course of the year, but it’s another thing entirely to do so at a high level while excelling in the classroom.
This year’s state track meet, contested in the rain on the track at Brigham Young University may not have gone exactly as Brighton senior Alyssa Hirschi may have wanted, but it finished a high school career filled with a long list of achievements and accolades from four years of running for the Bengals.
Hirschi was a four-event track and field star, competing in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles as well as in the long jump and high jump. This year, she broke the school record in the long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 1/2 inch.
The senior is the Region 3 champion in the long jump, as well as the 100 and 300 hurdles. After finishing third in the 100 hurdles at the state meet her junior year and taking second at this season’s BYU Invitational in long jump, Hirschi was third in the long jump, while capturing fifth place in both hurdles races at this year’s state championships. She was also 12th in the high jump.
As impressively, Hirschi was a starter and key performer for the state champion Brighton girls basketball team. She was also named to the academic all-state teams for both basketball and track.
Hirschi is a natural runner, but she has also had to put in lots of hard work to get to where she is. From her first year running track, her talent was evident, but each year she has gotten a little better. The three-sport athlete not only works hard at practice, but she also lifts weights and does extra running after practice.
“She has great talents and works very hard to develop it,” said her track coach Knute Rockne. “Everything she’s gotten is very well earned.”
One of the things she earned was a state championship ring as a member of a very experienced and talented girls basketball team at Brighton. A forward, Hirschi did all of the little things that make state titles possible. That was evident when she ripped down 10 rebounds to go with eight points in the Bengals’ state championship game win over Fremont. She had scored six and pulled eight boards in the team’s semifinal victory over Riverton.
Hirschi is not only a good athlete, but she is also admired by her teammates and coaches for her encouragement and positive attitude, and as a team leader.
“She doesn’t complain,” said teammate Jordan Brandt. “She just does it. It makes us want to do it with the same attitude.”
Rockne has noticed the influence she has on the other runners and says she is a “positive influence on the team in that she is willing to teach and talk to the other teammates. She is great example of how well you can succeed when you work hard.”
With all of that hard work Hirschi is doing in the classroom, you’d think those two sports would be enough, but she keeps herself busy during the fall on the tennis courts. This year, she went 11-1 while winning the Region 3 title in No. 2 singles and reached the state quarterfinals.
Competing in multiple sports helps keep her in shape for track season. It can be hard for a high school student to balance school, sports, and friends, and although Hirschi is very busy she says she, “would much rather be going from thing to thing than have nothing to do every day.”
Hirschi is grateful for the support she receives through family and coaches. Her dad got her involved in sports at a young age and she has had good coaches throughout the years which have helped her develop into a good athlete. Her sister, Kylie, was also a great track runner and inspired her to do track.
Along with the positive influence of her sister, she says her parents, “are always positive and helping me do my best.”