BANGOR – Making the jump from high school to Division I for the same sport is a challenge on its own, let alone broaching a new discipline at the next level. Bangor’s Alyssa Elliott is up to the task.
Alyssa Elliott’s track journey started as an interest in elementary school.
“It’s been something she’s talked about since she was in third or fourth grade, the first time she asked about track after school and it’s been a goal of hers, she’s a very hard worker,” said Jason Elliott, Alyssa’s father.
After almost a decade of dedication to her craft, Elliott is going to be a Division I track athlete at the University of Connecticut.
“It’s really nice to sign the papers and make it official after a long season of not having track, and especially with Covid, getting it done early and signing early is really exciting,” said Elliott.
Surrounded by her parents, and in front of friends and teammates, Elliott signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday; making her future move to Storrs official.
“All of her hard work that she’s done has paid off, and just seeing the excitement on her face, and the next adventure for her dad and I to see what she does and where she goes,” said Heather Chapman, Alyssa’s mother.
Elliott earned this by dominating Class A for the last three seasons winning individual state championships in the triple jump and the long jump during the indoor and outdoor seasons. She broke the 38-year Penobscot Valley Conference Eastern Maine Indoor Track League record for girls triple jump in 2019 with a 38-foot jump.
This past spring she helped the Rams win their first girls indoor team state championship since 2013. “The work that she’s done to get better every day, just that grind, I’m just so happy for her, and I can’t wait to see her compete at the next level,” said Alan Mosca, Bangor track and field head coach.
When she trades the Cardinal and white for navy and white at UConn next year, Elliott will be taking on a brand new challenge: the heptathlon. A seven-part event comprised of 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin throw, and 800m for women.
A difficult event for which Elliott says the UConn coaches told her she would be a great candidate.
“I really have been looking forward to doing one and I haven’t even competed in a heptathlon yet, so it’s definitely a little scary having not even competed in one yet, but I’m really excited for the challenge,” says Elliott.
Before she takes on the heptathlon, Elliott is hoping for one more chance to run and jump for Bangor this year. “I’m really hoping to [set another personal record] if we have another season and just continue what I ended with the last indoor season,” she said.
The high school indoor track season, along with all high school winter sports, can begin starting Jan. 11, but has not been cleared by the Maine Principals’ Association.