Reddies get another Lady Hornet

BRYANT – Bryant senior distance runner Skylar Oswalt joined teammates Ashlyn Lessenberry and Stacy Emmerling to run cross country at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia when she signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning at the Bryant Gym. According to cross country Coach Danny Westbrook, Henderson may need to change their mascot.

“This is the third signing with Henderson State with Ashyln Lessenberry and Stacy Emmerling,” Westbrook said. “The Lady Reddies are going to have to change their mascot to the Lady Hornets. We’re soon going to have our team down there.”

Oswalt said she chose Henderson State, a member of NCAA Division II Great American Conference, because they have the best education and teaching program there. She plans to get her degree in education and wants to teach second grade.

“I’m excited,” Oswalt said. “I’m ready to get there and run. I’m going with two of my other friends and I’m really pumped.”

A four-year letterman in cross country and track, Oswalt was a team scorer and played an integral part in the Lady Hornets’ team title in the 2009 and 2010 Central conference Cross Country Champioships, according to Westbrook. She was also a member of the Lady Hornets’ track team which won the 2011 7A Central Track & Field Championship.

“This scholarship is a reward for the hard work and commitment Skylar has put in during her high school career,” Westbrook said. “She leaves Bryant a champion and she will be missed. I wish her well in her future college career.”

Oswalt’s father, Ken, said it was between Arkansas State and Henderson State, and said he was happy with her choice with the home-town feel of Henderson.

“Excited, scared, a big step for her, for us,” Ken Oswalt said. “Looking forward to this for next season. I like the school. It’s very small and homely-feeling. It’s not like uptown Fayetteville. I’ve heard a bunch of stories, but college is college.”

“We kind of swayed her to Henderson because it’s closer and she felt good with the coach. The last time we visited, it was like she had been there forever. That was a good fit and she liked that.”