Blackwell’s Madelyn Hankins – Character Counts Presented by Blackwell Regional Hospital



By Nathan McElrath 

Competing in track is no new experience for Blackwell High School senior Madelyn Hankins. The Edmond North transplant has competed in track for six years. 

“I have participated in track ever since I was in seventh grade and have been on varsity track teams at Edmond North and Blackwell,” she said. 

Hankins’ senior year was a year of redemption after she had a self-disappointing performance at state her sophomore year. 

“I have qualified for state in track not only my senior year but also my sophomore year as well, but I was extremely excited to get to go my senior year to redeem myself from my sophomore year where I didn’t do very well,” said Hankins.

For Hankins, being part of a team is about more than just the competition.

“I love the connection we have on and off the track, we are always a family and they support me in everything,” said Hankins.

The Edmond North transfer has not only enjoyed the community of the team, but also the community that comes from being in a smaller school such as Blackwell. 

“Coming from a much bigger school, Edmond North, it was really fun to be involved in traditions and clubs that weren’t at my old school. Also, all the teachers and coaches make sure to tell me how proud they are for me and what I have accomplished,” she stated. 

While the support and community of her teammates and schoolmates is important to Hankins, it is only one of the reasons she is proudly wears the Blackwell Maroons colors.

“Wearing a school’s name on your jersey is a big responsibility and being the daughter of a basketball coach and teacher, I really understand how important that is to represent the place they are working for to provide for my family. I have to always try and live up to the standards that my school upholds us to everyday,” she said. 

Off the track, Hankins is involved with several other opportunities that her school provides to its students. 

“I participate in clubs such as Pep Club, where we create posters and announce upcoming school activities and I am member of the BancFirst student Bancboard, where I learn how to handle money,” stated Hankins.

After graduating, Hankins will attend Northern Oklahoma College on a basketball scholarship where she will major in Criminology.