SULPHUR, Okla. – The beating spikes on the rough track, the roar of the crowd, the pop of the starting gun and the booming announcements over the loudspeakers mean that it is track season in Oklahoma.
These are sounds that most people have typically experienced, but Emily Cavello and Dylan Evans have never experienced the sounds of the beating spikes, the roaring crowd, the starting gun or the booming announcements.
Both Cavello and Evans are deaf and have found their passions and athletic opportunities at Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur.
Cavello, a sophomore, and Dylan Evans a junior competed in the Class A state track qualifying rounds at Western Heights High School on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, 2018.
She made her second trip to the Class A state track qualifying rounds at for the women’s 300m hurdles. However, this is her first year to pass the qualifying rounds and land a 6th place medal with a time of 49.84 seconds.
Not only did Cavello medal at the meet, but she also broke her school and personal records with a time at qualifiers of 49.73 seconds. This time also put her on the top ten record list with USA Deaf Track and Field.
Evans also made his second trip to the Class A state track meet for the finals in the men’s long jump event. He placed 5th overall at state last year with a jump of 19 feet 11.25 inches.
During regionals at Alex, Evans beat his personal best with a jump of 20 feet 9 inches and won a 3rd place medal. At the Western Heights High School meet, he competed in the finals with a jump of 19’ 9.75” and placed 9th overall.
In addition to football, basketball, volleyball, track and golf, OSD offers several extracurricular activities. OSD clubs and organizations include academic teams, Key Club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), competitive math and reading teams, gymnastics, art club, National Honor Society and cheerleading, to name only a few.
“OSD’s extracurricular activities afford the OSD students that same opportunities for full participation in rich activities that hearing students experience in public schools,” Athletics Director Levi Mathis said.
OSD has a more than a 100-year history of providing educational resources to deaf and hard of hearing students, ages 2 through 12th grade, throughout the state of Oklahoma. The school serves students at the main campus in Sulphur and two early childhood centers for ages 2 years through 3rd grade in Chickasha and birth through 5 years in Edmond. OSD also serves hundreds of students that attend public and private schools through consultants and assistance with Individualized Education Programs designed to meet students learning needs in Oklahoma.
OSD is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
For more information about OSD's athletics other programs and services, contact the school at 580-622-4900 or visit http://www.osd.k12.ok.us