PROVO — Someday, Jordan High’s new head track and field coach Alyssa Dalton might have to corner an athlete and make a challenge about working through adversity, blocking out pain, rising to the moment.
Her credentials will be impeccable.
Last weekend Dalton ran in the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, as a BYU 100-meter hurdler, and did so with a torn ACL in her right knee suffered at the NCAA Regionals in Sacramento. She tore that key ligament making a last-second lunge at the finish line to qualify for nationals for the second time in her collegiate career.
“If anything, she has grit. She is determined and motivated. For her to run on a torn ACL a week and a half after she tore it proves it right there.”
Gutsy as a cage fighter, confident as a Marine, this team captain finished a seven-year injury-filled college career without regret or complaint.
Dalton redlined it to the end. Nobody would have blamed her if she’d scratched at nationals due to the injury.
But she ran. Because she’d earned it.
Dalton took last place, but attacked every hurdle, hit three-step strides between each one and ran just a few ticks over 15 seconds, the exact time she posted as a high school freshman, which was best at her high school in Fresno, California. She will have ACL surgery Monday, her third, the second on that right knee.
“If anything, she has grit,” said her coach Kyle Grossarth. “She is determined and motivated. For her to run on a torn ACL a week and a half after she tore it proves it right there.”
Dalton wasn’t close to her elite form, a near perfect blend of balance, speed and explosive timing, said Grossarth. She wore a black knee brace, tweaked to give her support. Her injured knee, the …read more
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