WYANDOTTE – The University of Tulsa didn't back down after Wyandotte's Alex Lyons suffered an ACL injury during basketball.
That was evidenced by the fact that Lyons signed a track letter of intent with the Golden Hurricane during a ceremony Wednesday morning in the Wyandotte High School commons area.
"He (TU assistant coach Clif Mitchell) said he wasn't worried about it," Lyons said. "Coach Mitchell was the one that recruited me and he said he wasn't worried about it at all, that I would come back strong. He said I would be fine."
Lyons tore an anterior cruciate ligament on Feb. 3 during the Lady Bears' Lucky 7 Conference game at Welch then had surgery on Feb. 24. She's currently going to physical therapy twice a week.
"It was definitely bad timing," she said. "Two girls were coming to trap me and I split them. I went to change directions, planted and it just popped. I didn't know what happened, but knew something was wrong."
Doctors haven't given Lyons a projected date as to when she can start running again.
"Hopefully by at least summer I can start jogging or doing something," she said.
Lyons wants to be a sports therapist, so she will enroll in Tulsa's exercise and sports science program.
She already knew what she wanted as a major before the injury, "but it gave me the other side of it, to how people feel about it. It just reinforced what I wanted to do."
Tulsa coaches haven't told Lyons what events she would be competing in, but she was a runner-up in the 400-meter dash at the Class 2A state track meet last May.
"He (Mitchell) seems to really think I will really help their mile relay team and that I could be a 55-second girl," Lyons said.
She was an all-conference outfielder in softball and an all-league guard in basketball.
In addition to the runner-up finish in the 400, she also was second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at the state track meet last May.
It's tough not playing slow-pitch softball or competing in track this spring.
"We had our first track meet yesterday (Tuesday) at Claremore and when the called the 400, I just had to sit there," Lyons said. "It was horrible."