2014 Scholar-Athlete: Determination, competitiveness set Hayley Redwine apart

Hayley Redwine was a two-time first-team All-City selection in cross country and led Norman to a state runner-up finish as a senior, and in track, she medaled in every individual event that she ran at state as a junior and senior.
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 29, 2014

NORMAN — When Hayley Redwine crossed the finish line, she was spent.

She always feels that way after running all out for a couple miles.

But when she finished the 3,200 meters at the state track meet earlier this spring, she was also a state champion — and until that moment, she never knew what that felt like.

She had been one of the most successful high school distance runners in the state over the past several years. There had been numerous top-five finishes at state cross country and state track. But until that two-mile race in the final meet in the final days of her senior season at Norman High, she had never won a state title.

“I wanted to win something at some state somewhere,” she said. “I didn’t care what it was. I just wanted to have that title, have my name somewhere.”

Listen to those who know Hayley best, and you’ll hear how sweet and caring she is. But don’t be fooled — there’s a feisty competitor in there, too.

She was a two-time first-team All-City selection in cross country and led Norman to a state runner-up finish as a senior, and in track, she medaled in every individual event that she ran at state as a junior and senior. Her excellence extended to academics, scoring a 32 on the ACT and carrying a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

All of that makes her the winner of the Bob Colon Scholarship presented by The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the top female high school scholar-athlete in the Oklahoma City area.

“She is the best girl runner I have coached in 16 years,” Norman coach Scott Monnard said, “and is an even better student and person.”

Turns out, she was a standout before she was a state champ.

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Hayley’s first attempt at distance running was a disaster.

She went out for the cross country team in middle school. She had a great time at practice, hanging with friends. Then, she ran her first race. She did well, but she hated it.

There were even tears.

“I never saw her again,” said Monnard, then the middle school coach.

Philip and Dedra Redwine made sports a big part of the lives of their three kids.

“But they are not everything,” said Philip, who played college baseball.

And when the Redwines realized just how miserable Hayley was with cross country, they agreed it was time to move on. She played soccer, so they turned their attention to that passion for the next couple years.

As a freshman at Norman High, Hayley decided to run cross country again. She wanted to stay in shape for soccer, and because of her bad experience in middle school, she decided she wasn’t going to run the races. She didn’t tell her coaches that; they’d have thought she was crazy.

Especially after they saw how good she was. Hayley not only made varsity but became the team’s second-best runner.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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