NORMAN — Norman High’s Hayley Redwine was looking out for her team. That’s why, when she rounded the final turn at Thursday’s Mid-State Conference track meet mile, she had a thought.
She wasn’t about to give the race away, but wowing everybody at Harve Collins Field with an off-the-chart time became not so important for the Tiger senior.
“I was thinking, I’ve got a 400 after this. I’m not going to kill myself,” Redwine said. “I probably shouldn’t do that, but I wanted to run a good time for my teammates in the relay.”
That was the deal.
Because Redwine still had to run the Tigers’ opening 400 meter leg of the 1,600 relay, she simply made sure she remained in front of Norman North’s Abbey Mace — no small feat to begin with — as she also tried to conserve a little energy down the stretch.
So that’s why Redwine, in victorious form, was all right with her 5:19.51 time, about 4 seconds off her previous best 1600 and even 3 seconds off her third-place finish at last year’s state meet.
To be clear, it’s not like she’s disappointed … at all.
Indeed, Redwine likes where she’s at with nothing but regionals and the state meet remaining before she takes her athletic talents, along with the 32 she made on the ACT and the 4.0 grade-point-average she’s compiled the last four years, to Oklahoma.
“I would like to PR at state, but I’d (also) like to win,” Redwine said. “I want to do well and have good times, but it would be awesome to win.”
It’s the want-to that might get her there, because it might be her best attribute.
“Her discipline, her work ethic, her mental toughness,” offered NHS running coach Scott Monnard, explaining what makes Redwine a standout. “And she hates to lose. Don’t let her fool you. As sweet as she is off the track, she’s as competitive on it.”