Parents: Chad and Nichole Deaton
High School: Corinth Holders
Also Considered: UNC Greensboro, Pfeiffer
Why Western? “I really liked the whole team and atmosphere of the place. I felt like it was a place and a team that can help me become the best that I can be.”
Major: Sports Marketing
Notable: Kayla won her first competitive race, a 5K as an 8-year-old. “I won a medal,” she said. “I liked winning, so I was hooked.” … Her family moved to the area during the middle of her sophomore year, from Eaton High School in Ohio. … She is a two-time state qualifier running on the Pirates’ 3,200-meter relay team. Her goals for this spring season is to get her 3,200-meter time under 11 minutes and get as close as she can to five minutes in the 1,600. … If given a choice, she’d run a cross country race instead of track. “Track is a lot of circles and can be boring, even though Coach (Peter) Clark makes it awesome here,” she joked. … She wants to return to the state indoor and outdoor meet as a relay and individual qualifier this season. She previously qualified as an individual in the indoor mile and the outdoor two-mile.
Corinth Holders coach Peter Clark: “Kalya is an incredible teammate, an incredible leader. Kayla will push herself and her team to the limits. She has led her teams in conference, in regionals and in state championship level competition. We would not be who we are without Kayla Ste. Marie.”
Compiled by D. Clay Best