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SportsMX/NDIAA April 2017 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) present the monthly "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" awards. This award recognizes High School athletes across the country that has made significant impact on their teams not just on the field but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Jarita Bustamante, Emily Cavello, Kenmarkis Meeks, and Marlowe Moore on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for April 2017.

Jarita BustamanteJarita Bustamante
California School for the Deaf, Riverside

Grade: Senior
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Sprints, Relays, Long Jump, Triple Jump

As a four-year athlete in Track & Field, Jarita is passionate in what she does always pushing herself to improve on her personal bests. Despite competing on a small team, Jarita has made her team competitive by excelling in multiple events. Her best event is the 100m dash but Jarita also races in 200m, 400m, and relays. She also competes in the long and triple jumps. Jarita recently qualified for the CIF-SS prelims in the 100m when she finished second in league championship with a time of 13.14. When Jarita is not sprinting, she is busy anchoring the school’s ASL Today news program and serving the ASBG as a secretary.

“Jarita is not just a natural born athlete, but also a great leader and very influential. I am very fortunate to have her on the Track & Field team because she makes a big difference for team.” - Riverside Track & Field Head Coach Donald Cochran

Emily CavelloEmily Cavello
Oklahoma School for the Deaf
Grade: Freshman
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Sprints, Hurdles

Emily snapped a 29-year drought for the school when she became the first female athlete to participate in the state championships since 1988 in the 300m hurdles. Despite just being a freshman, Emily has already made her presence felt by being willing to put in extra work to achieve her goals and her teammates have picked up on that as well. Along with the 300m hurdles, Emily runs in the 100m hurdles and 200m dash. Her personal best in the 300m hurdles is 54.41 and the future is looking bright for this all-around athlete. Emily is also an active member of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

"Emily is a great all-around and dependable player. I'm excited to be able to continue to watch her growth in becoming a more complete player and individual." - Oklahoma Track & Field Coach Angie Shelby

Kenmarkis MeeksKenmarkis Meeks
Mississippi School for the Deaf
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Hurdles, Relays, High Jump

Kenmarkis went on a tear winning first place in the high jump, 110m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and the 4x100 relay in the districts, regionals, and south state track meets. Kenmarkis then punctuated his remarkable season winning the state championship in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.98 and the 300m hurdles in 43.11. He also earned a third place medal in the 4x100 relay as the anchor leg clocking at 47.14. Kenmarkis also had a personal best in the high jump event of 6-0 in the districts. Kenmarkis is not just a superior athlete; he is also a leader on his team who is dedicated getting better through hard work.

“Kenmarkis is an elite athlete across many different sports however it is his personal growth as a leader and a teammate of which I am the most proud. It has been such a pleasure to coach him and see him mature and develop into an athlete that any collegiate program would be enthusiastic to have.” - Mississippi Athletic Director Holly Reichle

Marlowe MooreMarlowe Moore
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Sprints, Hurdles, Relays, Pole Vault

Marlowe has shown to be a very versatile athlete for Indiana’s Track & Field team. At the Berg/Seeger Classic, Marlowe was inserted in the 300m hurdles without ever running this event before and won second place with a time of 43.92. Marlowe’s best event is the pole vault where he has tied the school record at 12’6”. This also puts Marlowe first among all Deaf schools and second in the sectional. Marlowe’s competitiveness and extraordinary attitude towards hard work puts him in a place where he is aiming to break the school record in the pole vault and to eventually advance to the regional tournament.

“Marlowe truly has passion and motivation in the pole vault event. He has hopes in his heart and dreams in his head in overcoming obstacles facing him. The perseverance and determination throughout the Track & Field season he had made him a successful pole vaulter.” - Indiana Track & Field Head Coach Onyemachi Davis

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