Local Youth Excels at USA Track and Field Junior Olympics

By On August 9, 2014

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

BURBANK STUDENT HAS STRONG PERFORMANCE AT USA TRACK AND FIELD JUNIOR OLYMPICS

Alexander Hirsch, an incoming freshman at Burroughs High School, recently competed at the USA Track and Field (USATF) Junior Olympics event in Houston, Texas. He ran as part of the USATF – affiliated “Run Hungry Project” team.

Alexander Hirsch competes at the Junior Olympics (Photo courtesy of Charles Hirsch)

Alexander Hirsch competes at the Junior Olympics (Photo courtesy of Charles Hirsch)

In the 1,500 meter run, Hirsch posted a time of 4:10.83, the 11th fastest mark in the preliminary races, missing the finals by .32 seconds. In the 3,000 meter race, he recorded a 9:10.20 to take 5th place overall. He set personal records in both events by 13 and 23 seconds, respectively.

Hirsch attended Luther Burbank Middle School where he set the record for the number of laps run for the “Tuesday Run” during his three years of attendance. He also won the mile (1,600 meters) at the Tri-Middle School All-City Track and Field championship this past April. Even more impressive is that Hirsch won the mile for his class level three years in a row and set a meet record of 4:57.00 at this years’ event at Memorial Stadium.

Hirsch’s strong effort helped Luther Burbank win the 8th grade boys division with 105 points. Muir took second with 68 points followed by Jordan with 34.

The long distance standout will join a solid JBHS cross country team in the fall under the leadership of Coach John Peebles.

Alexander Hirsch proudly wears his 5th place medal at JOs (Photo courtesy of Charles Hirsch)

Alexander Hirsch proudly wears his 5th place medal at JOs (Photo courtesy of Charles Hirsch)