NORMAN — They may have competed against each other in high school, a trio of Norman runners will soon be racing alongside each other.
Norman North’s Belle Wallace and Abbey Mace will join Norman High’s Hayley Redwine a few miles from home at Oklahoma next fall. All three signed with the Sooners on Wednesday and will stay in Norman next year.
All three distinguished themselves in high school. Redwine finished third at the Class 6A cross country meet in November, just three seconds behind Wallace, while Mace came in fifth. Their finishes helped deliver the Timberwolves a state title and the Tigers a second-place finish.
“They made a good decision and I’m proud of them,” North coach Mike Ramsey said of his senior athletes. “They were special to me. I could count on them every time I needed them, and they answered the bell every time. They’ll be greatly missed, but they’ve passed the torch on.”
Hockett headed to Stillwater: Norman High’s Matt Hockett added a dimension to the Tiger football program that every high school team would love to have: a game-changing special teams player. He averaged more than 43 yards a punt last season while making seven of his 12 field goal attempts, with a long of 46 yards, while also converting 97 percent of his extra point attempts.
He will continue his kicking career at Oklahoma State.
The recruiting process did not start as early for Hockett as it did for some other players, as college coaches don’t typically target punters and kickers until late in the game. But the coaching staffing in Stillwater thought that Hockett could provide some needed competition in the kicking game, and he’ll get his chance to do so right away.
“They’re looking at him to be an immediate impact player,” coach Greg Nation said when Hockett was first offered a roster spot by the Cowboys. “Whoever he’s competing with, it’s going to make them better. It’s a good situation for everyone involved. We had him for three years and he did a super job for us.”