The Norman Transcript

Sports

May 10, 2013

Haley Woodard creating new standard in Timberwolves’ track circles

(Continued)

NORMAN —

The hardest arrived a few months ago, toward the end of basketball season. While Woodard was teaming up with junior Bri Kuestersteffen to lead the team to the state tournament, the soccer team began practicing. One day after practice, Kuestersteffen was leaving to have her picture taken for the soccer team, and she asked Woodard to come along.

She couldn’t.

Woodard had made up her mind to focus on track and see where she could get with a season of training under her belt. Still, she wanted to, so much so that she sat down in her red mini Cooper and drove halfway there before turning around.

“I wanted so much to go, but I didn’t,” Woodard said. “I drove back and broke down crying. I felt like I hadn’t really made my decision until right then. It was a really hard decision to give up soccer, something that was a part of me and that I had been doing since I was 4 years old. But I wasn’t enjoying it like I used to. It was the right thing to do.”

It’s a decision that’s paid dividends. Despite not having a traditional track background or even a traditional routine — she’s still not comfortable using starting blocks, for instance — Woodard has shown consistent improvement her first full track season. She’s already bested her state-winning 400 time and she’s less than a second away from setting state records in both the 200 and the 400, marks that have stood for a combined 30 years.

Also, Woodard’s presence at the track doesn’t just help her, but the rest of the team, too.

“The girls compete for a chance to run with her because they know they’ll probably get a medal,” Ramsey said. “She’s not a big vocal leader, but she is very coachable and she does lead by example. The other girls work harder because she’s there.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • No new updates into police probe of Norman assault incident

    There were no updates in the Norman Police investigation into the incident that left a female University of Oklahoma student with multiple facial fractures on Saturday and Sooner freshman running back Joe Mixon as the focus of the probe....

    July 27, 2014

  • Furyk take three shot lead at the Canadian Open

    Associated Press MONTREAL — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal....

    July 27, 2014

  • Pair from U.S. will play for Junior title

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield on the 21st hole Friday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to set up an all-American final against William Zalatoris....

    July 27, 2014

  • Gordon an Indy threat in 20 years at the Brickyard

    INDIANAPOLIS — The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway....

    July 27, 2014

  • Dillon races to first career Nationwide win

    INDIANAPOLIS — For a first time winner, Ty Dillon had the Brickyard’s winning tradition down as cold as the celebratory beer he chugged outside his car. “We get to kiss the bricks, baby!” he radioed as he crossed the finish line....

    July 27, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to Tour victory

    PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

    July 28, 2014

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis for record fifth time

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Scott says he will coach Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days....

    July 28, 2014

  • BoSox snap Rays’ streak

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays’ longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games....

    July 28, 2014

Facebook