SULPHUR — The beating spikes on the rough track, the roar of the crowd, the pop of the starting gun and the booming announcements over the loudspeaker 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 the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur. 

Cavello, a sophomore, and Evans, a junior, competed in the Class A state track qualifying rounds at Western Heights High School May 4-5.

Cavello made her second trip to the Class A state track qualifying rounds for the women’s 300-meter hurdles. However, this is her first year to pass the qualifying rounds and land a sixth-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-10 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 fifth 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 third-place medal. At the Western Heights High School meet, he competed in the finals with a jump of 19 feet. 9.75 inches and placed ninth 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; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; 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 the same opportunities for full participation in rich activities that hearing students experience in public schools,” athletics director Levi Mathis said.

For more information about OSD’s other athletics programs and services, contact the school at (580) 622-4900 or visit

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.