Redwine gives cross-country 2nd chance, earns scholarship

BY LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON
Special Correspondent
10/08/2016 10:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen Hayley Redwine, center, stands with two of her University of Oklahoma cross-country teammates following a race earlier this year. COURTESY
NORMAN, Okla. – What started as a way to stay in shape for soccer has turned into a path to college for one Cherokee Nation citizen.

At the suggestion of her middle school soccer coach, Hayley Redwine went out for cross-country.

“I had some friends on the cross-country team, so I gave it a shot,” she said. “I didn’t like it.”

Over time, that changed. When she started at Norman High School, Redwine gave the sport another chance and eventually soccer fell by the wayside.

After earning eight state track medals as a junior and senior and a team state runner-up trophy in cross-country, Redwine found herself across town at the University of Oklahoma, running in crimson and cream.

“I’m from Norman and have always wanted to go there,” she said. “When the coach called me with an offer, I couldn’t think of anywhere else I wanted to go. The opportunity to be a Division I athlete there was really attractive.”

According to data compiled by the NCAA, 64 American Indian and Alaska Native women competed in intercollegiate cross-country among all three NCAA divisions in 2014-2015, the most recent academic year for which data is available. Only 17 of those women ran for a Division I school.

Among Big 12 teams, Redwine was one of four Native cross-country runners – male or female – on a roster that season.

At its first meet this season, OU’s women’s cross-country team finished second at the Cowboy Duals in Stillwater behind 11th-ranked Arkansas. Redwine finished fifth individually at the Sept. 1 event, one of five Sooners to finish in the top 10.

After a stress fracture caused her to miss almost her entire freshman season, Redwine received a hardship waiver and is classified as a sophomore by the NCAA. However, she is on track to graduate this May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from OU’s Honors College.

With plans to pursue a master’s degree and eventually law school, she is not sure whether this will be her last season with OU’s cross-country team. For now at least, she’s focused on taking things one race at a time and staying healthy to help her team as much as possible.

“I don’t know how hard it would be to go to grad school and run at the same time,” she said. “Some do, but I’m just going to wait and see how the season goes before I decide.”

Hayley Redwine’s Stats

2016
Finished fifth in the 3K at the OSU Cowboy Duals with a time of 10:44.6.

2015
Finished 82nd (74th in team scoring) in the 5K race at the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational with a time of 19.34.4... Placed 10th individually (ninth in team scoring) in the 5K run at the Ken Garland Invitational with a time of 18:32.00.

2014
Finished 28th at the Hurricane Cross Country Festival with a time of 11:56…Received a medical hardship to preserve a year of eligibility…Named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team.

High School
Made All-State in cross-country in 2012 and 2013…Was the cross-country team captain in 2012 and 2013…Made All-State in track in 2014…Eight-time medal winner in the track state championship…State champion in the 3200-meter run…Selected for the 2014 Bob Colon/Jim Thorpe Association Student Athlete Award.

Personal
Daughter of Philip and Dedra Redwine…Has two siblings: Brooke and Trace…A 2014 AP scholar with Distinction.
ᏣᎳᎩ

Norman, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎸᏙᏟ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ soccer ᏓᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎤᎦᏛᎲᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏅᏅ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᎬᏩᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏁᎢᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᎩ soccer ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ,Hayley Redwine ᎤᏂᎩᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏗᏫᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ.

“ᏦᎦᎵᏃ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎤᏓᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎲ ᎠᏁᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏆᏁᎶᏔᏅᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᏝᏃ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏯᎩᎸᏉᏔᏁᎢ.”

ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ , ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏌ. ᏧᎴᏅᎲ Norman ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, Redwine ᎤᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᏏᏊ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᎯᏨ soccer ᎡᏜᏪ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ.

ᎣᏂ ᎤᏍᏆᏓ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎢᎦ ᏓᎩᏍᎬ ᏧᏓᏒᏅ ᏗᎧᏁᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏌᏚᏏᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᏕᎧᏂᏙᎲ ᎨᎸ ᎤᎵᏌᎳᏛ ᎠᎩᏍᎩ trophy ᎾᎿ ᎤᏓᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ, Redwine ᎤᏓᏩᏛᎲ ᏗᎦᎾᏗᏫᏒ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎾᎿ University of ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ, ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏬᏚᎯ.

“ᎾᏍᎩ Norman ᏂᏛᏆᏓᎴᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏇᏅᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᏛᏆᏟᏃᎮᏔᏅ ᎠᏆᏛᏛᏅ ᏯᏆᏚᎵ, Ꮭ ᎤᏣᏘᏂ ᎢᎸᏢ ᎬᏆᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎠᏇᏅᏍᏗ. ᎠᏆᏝᏅᏓᏕᎲ ᎾᎿ Division 1 ᏗᎦᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᏯᏆᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏥᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬᎢ.”

ᏂᎬᏅ ᎪᏪᎸ ᎠᏎᎯᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᏪᎳᏅ NCAA, ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏅᎩ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᎴ Alaska ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᏂᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏦᎢ NCAA ᎠᏂᏯᎥ ᎾᎿ 2014—2015, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏞᎬ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᏃᏪᎳᏅ ᎤᏂᎾᎣ. ᎤᏅᏌᏃ ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᏯᏂ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ Division 1 ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

ᏄᎾᏛᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏔᎳᏚ ᏯᏂ ᏚᎾᏓᏡᎬ, Redwine ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᎾᏂᎥ ᎠᎾᎯᏯ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏗᏫᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ----ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ---ᏕᎪᏪᎸ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏚᎾᏠᏒ ᎯᎠ ᏣᏍᏆᎵᎭ, OU’s ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏗᏫᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᎳ ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎾᎿ Cowboy Duals ᎾᎿ Stilwater ᎣᎾᏗᏢ ᏌᏚᏏᏁ ᎠᏃᏪᎵ Arkansas. Redwine ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᎠᏏᏴᏫ ᎾᎿ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ, ᏌᏊ ᎾᎿ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ Sooners ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏍᎪᎯ.

ᎣᏂ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᏓᏁᎵᏙᎸ ᎤᏲᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏓᎾᏫᏍᏙᏗ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎾᎥ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎾᎿ freshman ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, Redwine ᎤᏁᏒ ᎤᏦᏎᏗ ᎤᎶᏒ ᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᏥᏯᏅᎲ ᏍᎪᎯᏁ ᎤᏴᏍᏙ ᏂᏓᏳᎶᏒ NCAA. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ, ᎪᏪᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏘ ᎧᎴᏍᏗ ᏓᏍᏆᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ bachelor’s degree ᎾᎿ accounting ᏂᏓᏳᎶᏒ OU’s Honors College.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏭᎪᏓ ᎤᏁᏍᏗ master’s degree ᎠᎴ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ law ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, Ꮭ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏳᏅᏔ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎣᏂ ᏱᎩ OU’s ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏗᏫᏍᏓ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᎸᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ, ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏛ ᏌᏊᎭ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏙᎯ ᎨᏐ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎢᎦᎢᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“Ꮭ ᏯᏆᏅᏔ ᎾᏍᏓᏴ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ grad ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᏧᎳᎭᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦᏓ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏓᏥᎦᏘᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏆᎦᏎᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᎳ ᏙᏓᎫᎪᏔᏂ.”

– Translation by Anna Sixkiller

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