Girls Track and Field: Talent, extra effort set Lincoln-Way East’s Alexis Hyshaw apart
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media April 10, 2014 6:24PM
Alexis Hyshaw, of Lincoln-Way East. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 12, 2014 6:33AM
Lincoln-Way East coach Wendy Hegarty paused for a second to recall what Alexis Hyshaw ran a day earlier in the first outdoor meet.
If the final meet ends like it did last year, the Griffins will remember everything.
Hyshaw was second in the Class 3A 100-meter dash to teammate Aaliyah Brown, now at Texas A&M. Hyshaw also finished fifth in the 200 and ran on the state champion 400- and 800-meter relays to help East win the state title.
“My goal is to win state again as a team, and as an individual in the 100-meter dash, and possibly the 200-meter dash,’’ she said.
“I know she has her eye on the prize in the 100 and moving up in the 200,’’ Hegarty said. “She was in both of those relays, but I think she’s really eyeing that 100.’’
Hyshaw, a senior, won’t be the only one in the chase. Four other runners were underclassmen in the group that made the 100 final.
Brown won the state title in 11.42 seconds and Hyshaw clocked 11.86. The winning time was 11.41 in 2012 and 11.46 in 2011.
When so little time makes the difference in a state championship sprint, it’s all about preparation. Hyshaw may have an edge there.
“I love training,’’ she said. “I know at the end of the day that will pay off.’’
Part of that knowledge was reinforced from being around multitime state champion Brown at East and on a summer AAU team.
“Hard work, basically,’’ Hyshaw said of what she learned from Brown. “Putting in all the hard work and managing your time wisely. … Take things seriously, stretch properly and take care of your body.’’
Hyshaw transferred to East after two years at Naperville North, where hamstring injuries limited her time on the track.
“Last year was my first full outdoor track season,’’ Hyshaw said. “The coaches helped me get stronger, put in the extra work to get back where they knew I could be, and where I knew I could be.’’
Hegarty said Hyshaw, a Northern Illinois recruit, doesn’t believe Brown’s place on last year’s team is her spot this season.
“What maybe sets her apart is that she doesn’t set herself apart,’’ Hegarty said. “She’s just a team member. She’s not one to say, ‘Hey, now it’s my turn. Watch me.’ ’’
Hyshaw will be one to watch next month.
“Use all the training, mechanics and everything I’ve been taught and put it all into one,’’ she said.