Botello, Hailey named Stephenville Apartments Student-Athletes of the Month for February


STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Athletics has announced that Justin Botello of Texan Track and Field and Mackenzie Hailey of Tarleton Women’s Basketball are the February recipients of the ‘Tarleton Student-Athletes of the Month’ award, presented by Stephenville Apartments.

The student-athlete of the month is selected based on the all-around student-athlete for one male and one female. The student-athlete will show effort and excellence in academics, leadership, civility, dedication to the team, campus involvement, community service, and the ability to serve as role models for current and future Tarleton State University students and student-athletes.


To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be nominated by their head coach or athletic administrator and maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or better. Only in-season athletes are eligible for the award each month.

Botello just completed the indoor track and field season and was an all-conference competitor for the Texans. Botello ran in two meets during the month of February, including the Lone Star Conference Championships. He finished in the top 10 of all five races he ran during the month of February, including a Lone Star Conference Championship in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 10:22.29. He also earned a bronze medal at the LSC Championships in the Mile with a time of 4:21.82.

Hailey has been a star on the court for the Tarleton Women’s Basketball team over the last month. The junior from Burleson has averaged 17.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game during the month of February while leading Tarleton to a 6-1 record and into the No. 5 spot in the NCAA regional rankings. In those seven games, Hailey has topped 20 points in three of them and just missed the 20-point plateau by scoring 19 points in two more games. With back-to-back double-doubles against MSU Texas and Cameron earlier in the month, she moved into third place all-time in double-doubles at Tarleton.


Once selected as student-athlete of the month, the recipients are eligible to be selected for Tarleton Student-Athlete of the Year award at the end of the season. The yearly award will be recognized at the beginning of the following fall semester.

The list of the year’s complete award winners are as follows:

September: Prince Robinson (Football) & Hannah McManus (Volleyball)
October: Kyle Doty (Cross Country) & Adrianna Knutson (Volleyball)
November: Quenten Lasseter (Cross Country) & Adriana Darthuy (Volleyball)
December: Deon Sheppard (Football) & Kylie Collins (Women’s Basketball)
January: Jesse Hill (Men’s Basketball) & Kaylee Allen (Women’s Basketball)
February: Justin Botello (Track and Field) & Mackenzie Hailey (Women’s Basketball)

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