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The Cowboy Way: Triana Browne-Hearrell
By Faith Kelley
Miss Oklahoma State University 2016 is Triana Browne-Hearrell, a sprinter and hurdler on the track team. She prepares every day for the upcoming Miss Oklahoma competition in June while juggling a busy athletic schedule and her final semester of college.
The Tulsa native has overcome hurdles all her life. A heart condition at birth inspired her to live a healthy lifestyle and help others do the same. Triana’s pageant platform is “Heart to Heart: Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives,” combining her love of exercise, nutrition and giving back.
“It’s about making sure you’re doing something for your health every single day so you can live a long, healthy life and enjoy it as well,” Triana says. “I just want people to realize before it’s too late — you want to start implementing healthy habits at a young age.”
Graduating in May, the human development and family science senior has always loved children and has earned a minor in sociology. She captured Big 12 All Team Academic Honors and a place on the Dean’s Honor Roll.
“I really enjoy learning about relationships and why people act the way they do,” Triana says. “I chose my major because I love the family aspect and learning how to relate to people, why they do the things they do and how they recover from certain situations.”
Surprisingly, Triana was not sure she could compete for Miss OSU this year, despite being the 2015 first runner-up. She did not have a gown but sat in on three rehearsals in case she could still participate. She found herself searching for a dress until a running mate offered her some to try.
“Her mom brought them the next day, I tried them on, and I was in the pageant the following day. And my friend ended up getting first runner-up behind me,” she says.
Triana was thrilled to win the Miss OSU title, and she’s looking forward to the Miss Oklahoma pageant.
COLORS OF THE WIND
Triana has another love: musical theater. Her talent performance at the Miss OSU pageant was singing “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney movie Pocahontas.
“She was my favorite princess growing up because, as a girl who’s multiracial, it’s hard to relate to most princesses,” she says. “When I was younger, I was a tomboy, and I loved the fact that she was always running around outside like me, and I’m also Native American.
“I was a big musical theater geek in high school — choir, glee club, a Hairspray production — it’s what I love to do. Truthfully, whenever I finish with college and track that’s probably what I’ll focus on. I really want to get a master’s degree in musical theater.”
Triana has roles in two films coming out soon, and one is a featured role. She has also been in a Kings of Leon music video and enjoys spending time behind the camera.
Track has been part of Triana’s life for 16 years and is the sole reason she chose OSU.
“I’ve actually always wanted to come to OSU. My parents met here where they ran track,” she says. “Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to be a Cowboy.”
Triana runs the 400-meter sprint and 400-meter hurdles. She recently became a heptathlete, competing in seven events including shot put, javelin, long jump, high jump, 100 meter hurdles, 200 meters sprint and 800 meters run.
When her parents were in college, her father, Joel Hearrell, was a long distance runner and her mother, Dr. Monica Browne, was a sprinter on the OSU track team.
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Uploaded: May 1, 2016