April 8, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University track & field team has signed two more athletes to their 2014 recruiting class, NIU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Connie Teaberry announced Tuesday.
Sprinter Alexis Hyshaw (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and distance runner Lorena Martin (Salamanca, Spain/IFS Fray Luis de Leon) will both join the Huskies for the 2014-15 season.
Hyshaw comes to NIU as one of Illinois’ top high school sprinters. In 2013, she claimed the IHSA Class 3A title in the 4x100 and 4x200 relay, along with placing second in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters. Hyshaw’s finishes helped the Griffins win the state team title last year and earned her all-state honors in four events. The Mokena native also advanced to the state meet as a sophomore in 2012. At the conference level, Hyshaw has won Southwest Suburban Conference crowns each of the last two seasons and all-conference recognition in nine different events over the last three years.
“Alexis Hyshaw’s commitment to NIU is a great addition for the program,” Teaberry said. “Alexis is one of the top Illinois high school track athletes and will add depth in the short sprinting events. She is a poised, confident and fierce competitor. Alexis is a Chicago native and NIU became a huge factor of her wanting to remain near home and her love for NIU Athletics. Alexis’ parents and coaches have given her the tools mentally and physically to be great and we’re honored that she will continue her academic and athletic quest for success at NIU.”
Meanwhile, Martin comes to NIU from Spain, where she was one of the nation’s premier middle distance athletes. The native of historic Salamanca has helped her club team win the national cross country title each of the last four years. On the track, she posted a season-best mark of 4:42.16 in the 1500 meters at the Meeting of Sabadell. As a junior, Martin ran 2:12.86 in the 800 meters at the Championship of Spain.
"Lorena is another great addition to our track and field and cross country teams,” said NIU head cross country coach and assistant track coach Greg Hipp. “She is passionate about her running and I really appreciate her competitive spirit. She will join a middle distance group that is really thriving right now and her presence in the group will be felt immediately."
Hyshaw and Martin join jumper Tamara Moncrieffe, who signed in February.