5 | 24 | 16 - Cross Country

This brief explanation is to expand on the recent media release by the University and NAIA. It also is to alleviate any concerns regarding the season for both the Women and Men for the upcoming fall 2016 season.

On Friday, May 20, 2016, NAIA notified our Athletic Director of a violation of NAIA Bylaws related to not fielding a full team of five runners at the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Regional Women's Qualifier at Denver, Colorado, during the November, 2015 event. The letter stated we would be suspended from "post-season" competition for the 2016/17 season or the next season in which the sport is sponsored by Haskell.  Haskell can appeal to the NAIA National Administrative Council while a determination about post-season play will be made by the Association of Independent Institutions.   

The NAIA rules are explicit – once an institution declares they will participate as a "team", they must compete or four weeks prior send a letter to notify they withdraw the intent to participate.  Unfortunately in our circumstance, we were unable to compete with a full women's cross-country team. 

This decision does not impact the Men's Cross Country Program and the Women's Cross Country Team will be still be able to compete in the upcoming 2016 Fall season.

4 | 04 | 16 - Men's Golf

Haskell Indian Nations University is in the midst of the spring golf season and Head Coach Gary Tanner is hoping they save their best for last.  Already, the Indians have played in three events and have just completed their fourth at the Bethel Spring Invitational.  "We can't make any progress if we shoot in the 80's," said Tanner.  "We've got the golfers to compete but we've got to be consistent throughout the course to make a run at the top."

4 | 01 | 16 - Softball

The softball team is still searching for their first win of the season but it did not happen on Friday.  On a very cool and windy day, Sterling College made all the right plays as they defeated Haskell Indian Nations University 12 - 0 in Game One.  Numerous runners got on base but none could ever cross the plate.  In Game Two, the hits were everywhere for Sterling as they blistered the Indians once more 17 - 4.  HINU now goes on the road for their next competition as they travel to Marshall, Missouri, on April 10 for a doubleheader at Missouri Valley College.

4 | 01 | 16 - Cross Country

Cherica Eckiwaudah has been honored as Haskell's 2016 American Indian College Fund Student of the Year by the College Fund.  She is a junior at Haskell and is majoring in Business Management.  Eckiwaudah is a member of the Delaware Nation in Anadarko, Oklahoma.  In addition to her excellent academic resume, she has served in several roles within the student body including Founder of Haskell's Gamma Delta Pi Sorority, Captain of the Women's Cross Country Team, Toys for Tots and numerous other community service efforts. 

Featured Athlete
Talisa Budder
     Talisa Budder is a senior cross country/track runner from Kenwood, OK. She belongs to the Keetoowah Cherokee Tribe. Budder will be graduating December 2015 with a degree in American Indian Studies. She will be competing in this weekends National Championships. Budder took 5th place in the qualifier and received ALL-MCAC Team.
Her Accomplishments include..
4 First Team All-Conference cross country ( first female cross country runner to be first team all conference 4 straight years since joining the NAIA)
 *3 time conference champion
 * 2 times cross country
 * 1 time 1500 meters
6 times second team all conference track 
 2 times Conference Runner of the Year
Conference Freshman runner of the year 2011
5 times National Qualifier 
* 4 times National Qualifier Cross Country
* 1 time National Outdoor Championships 
Personal Best in Cross country 18:40
track 1500 5:05
track 5000 meters 18:51.54
3 times Haskell Most Valuable Runner -Cross country
3 times Haskell  Most valuable -Track and Field
Amazing job Talisa! Way to represent! Keep up the good work!
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