MONROE – Following a highly successful senior season at Monroe High School, Jordan Hirsbrunner has continued to add to her already impressive track and field resume before taking her talents to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall.
Hirsbrunner scored in three of the four events she competed in at the 2017 Midwest Senior Spotlight Meet to help lead Team Wisconsin to a first-place finish at the event held at the University of Dubuque on Saturday, June 10, and then the Cheesemaker finished off her prep career by earning All-American status with a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon at the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C., on June 16-17.
Hirsbrunner, the daughter of Darlington graduates Dave and Cory (Olson) Hirsbrunner, was an 11-time WIAA state qualifier, a seven-time state medalist and a three-time state champion in track and field duing her high school career at Monroe.
In her senior year, Hirsbrunner won a pair of Badger South Conference titles (high jump and 300-meter hurdles), a pair of regional titles (100 and 300 hurdles) and four sectional titles (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and 4x400-relay) on her way to her fourth appearance in the WIAA State Meet.
She finished her time as a Cheesemaker by winning a Division 2 state title for the second year in a row in the 300 hurdles (44.20) and adding a state title in the 100 hurdles (15.28). She also placed third in the high jump (5’5”) and took 12th as a member of Monroe’s 1,600-meter relay team.
At the Midwest Senior Spotlight on June 10, she placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.81) and second in the 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay (1:02.56), and added a fourth in the high jump (5’3”) and a fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.26) as Team Wisconsin won the girls’ team title with 94 points.
Team Iowa was second at 66 points and Team Illinois came in third with 17 points.
At the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Hirsburnner competed in the heptathlon– a seven-event competition not offered to prep athletes in Wisconsin. To earn an invitation at the meet, she had reaching a qualifying mark with her performances in those seven events during various meets held throughout the season.
Battling 90 degree temperatures and high humidity at Nationals, Hirsbrunner placed eighth 100-meter high hurdles (15.52), tied for fourth in the high jump (5’4.5”), finished fourth in the shot put (43’3.75”) and was sixth in the 200-meter dash (26.51) to accumulate 2,830 points in day one, which put her fifth among the nine heptathlon competitors.
She came back on day two to place seventh in the long jump (15’11.75”), first overall in the javelin (109’4”) and fourth in the 800-meter run (2:30.23) to add 1,754 points and jump into fourth-place in the overall standings with 4,584 points.
Kaitlyn Kirby of Palm Harbor, Fla., won the heptathlon with 4,954 points after finishing just 28 points ahead of runner-up Anna Hall of Greenwood Village, Colo., at 4,926. Suenomi Norinh on Zeeland, Mich., was third at 4,695.
Hirbrunner will be attending UW-Madison in the fall where she will pursue a degree in Kinesiology and continue her track and field career with the Badgers.
She is the granddaughter of Tom and Kay Olson and the late George and Shirley Hirsburnner, all of whom graduated from DHS like her parents.