Cherokee runner takes 2nd in Class 2A XC final

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
11/16/2010 07:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Andi Gourd of Sallisaw (Okla.) Central High School runs at the Class 2A state cross country meet in Shawnee, Okla. COURTESY PHOTO
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Andi Gourd, center, prepares to run at the Class 2A state cross country meet in Shawnee, Okla. COURTESY PHOTO
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Andi Gourd of Sallisaw Central High School missed winning the recent Class 2A cross country individual championship by just eight seconds.

On Oct. 23 in Shawnee, she finished a wet 2-mile course in 12 minutes, 49 seconds to earn second place. Jaylee May of Balko High School won the individual state title finishing in 12:41.

The tough race conditions didn’t distract Gourd from her goal of finishing in the top 10.

“It was pretty rough conditions. I tried just to focus on the race. I warmed up for a long time, and then they kept postponing it for five minute intervals,” she said.

Gourd’s second-place finish was 10 spots better than her 12th-place finish in 2009. She said her initial goal this year was to finish in the top 10, but when she won the regional meet the week before, she began thinking about the championship.

On Oct. 16, Gourd, who is also part Muscogee Creek, won the regional title at Coweta, finishing the two miles in 12:45.

“Actually I was pretty confident. I was kind of more determined to do it than anything,” she said.
To prepare for the cross country season, she said she walked and jogged the courses she knew she would be competing at, which allowed her to visualize each course before competition.

Next year, she wants to have an even better showing and beat the current state champion.

“I’d like to at least stay up with her and maybe beat her,” Gourd said.

Gourd credits her coach Scott Lowe for encouraging her to improve her running times even though he is a basketball coach. She also credits her family for being at her races cheering her.

The sophomore began running in the fifth grade after joining the Cherokee Nation Wings Program, running 5K distances or 3.1 miles. She was the Wings Spotlight Runner in July 2007.

“I liked how it’s different age groups running. And it wasn’t really competitive, and you could cheer other people on and better yourself,” she said of Wings.

After her strong finish to the cross country season, Gourd earned a spot in the annual Arkansas-Oklahoma Dual Cross Country Meet on Nov. 13 in Rogers, Ark.
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By WILL CHAVEZ
ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏙᎩ ᏗᎦᏃᏟᎵᏍᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ.— ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ AndiGourd ᎾᎿ ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏛ ᎤᏓᏒᎲᏍᏗ ᎾᏝᎬᏊ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏯᎢ 2A ᎤᏓᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᏏᏴᏫ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏌᏍᏛ ᏧᏁᎳ seconds.

ᎾᎿ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎾᏍᎩ Shawnee, ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎦᏓᏁᎯ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎢᏔᏬᏍᏔᏅ, ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏐᏁᎳ seconds ᎯᎠ ᎠᎩᏍᏗ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏌᏍᏛᎢ. Jaylee May of Balko ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏂᏌᎠᏛ ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬ Ꮎ 12:41.

ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏍᏓᏴ ᎠᏅᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎡᏍᎦ ᏱᏅᏩᏁᎮ Gourd ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏍᎪᎯ.

“ᎡᎵᏃ ᏍᏓᏯ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎢᎦ. ᎾᎿ ᎠᏅᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎠᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬᎢ. ᎪᎯᏓ ᎦᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏃᎯᏗᏍᎪ ᎯᎠ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏔᏬᏍᏔᏅ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Gourds ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏌᏍᏛ ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎾᏃ ᏔᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᎠᏌᏍᏛ ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ. ᎤᏛᏅ Ꮎ ᏚᏭᎪᏔᏅ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏍᎪᎯ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏓᏠᏌ ᎾᎿ regional ᎾᏍᎩ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏯ, ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏙᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ.

ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᏓᎳᏚᏏᏁ, Gourd, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎵᎫᏏ, ᎤᏓᏠᏎ regional ᎨᎪᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ Coweta, ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎾᎿ 12:45.

“ᏙᎯᏳ ᎨᏒ ᎡᏝᏪ ᎨᏒ. ᎠᏋᏌ ᎠᏆᏅᏛ ᏂᏓᎦᏛᏁᎵᏒ ᎢᏳᏍᏓᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.

ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏓᏅᎯᏒ ᏯᏍᏆᎵᎭ, ᎤᏛᏅ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏛ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏂᏛᏛᏁᎵᏒᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏟᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎪᏩᏘᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᏃᏊ ᏳᏙᎩᏯ.

ᏐᎢ ᏩᏕᏘᏴᎲ, ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ Ꮟ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᏒᎲᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᎩᏍᏙᏗ.

“ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏢᏔᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏥᎩᏯᏍᏗ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Gourd.

Gourd ᎦᎸᏉᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎩ Scott Lowe ᎤᏠᏃᎮᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᏭᏟᎶᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏙᎯᏳᎥ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ. ᏐᎢᏃ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏓᎵᎮᎵᏤᎭ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏯᏙᎩᏯ ᏩᏁᏙᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎬᏩᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

ᎾᎿ ᏍᎪᎯᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏖᎳᏛ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Wings ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ, ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᏍᎩ K ᎢᏳᏓᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᎴ 3.1 ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Wings ᎠᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ ᏧᏰᏉᏂ ᏧᎧᎸ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

“ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏓᎾᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ. ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏲᏣᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎪ, ᎠᎴ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏗᎦᏲᏥᎦᎵᏍᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎥᏗᏟᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏐᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ Wings.

ᎣᏂᏃ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᎤᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏅᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬᎢ, Gourd ᎤᏓᏒᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎠᎦᏅᏛᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬ ᏚᏯᏓᏛᎢ/ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎧᎸ ᏦᎦᏚᏏᏁᎢ ᎾᎿ Rogers, ᏙᏧᏯᏓᏛᎢ.

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About the Author
Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. 

For many years h ...
WILL-CHAVEZ@cherokee.org • 918-207-3961
Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. For many years h ...

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