DODGE CITY — On Wednesday, the Dodge City Community College athletic department announced the signings of two runners to their 2012 class, Dodge City High School's Anthony Carmona and Garden City High School's Stephanie Frayre.
Carmona, who was a member of the triple-headed Carmona attack for the Demons cross country team this past fall, specializes in the two mile and 5K race in track. His top two-mile time in competition is 10:10, while his best 5K time is 17:08, which will definitely bolster the Conqs roster once the track and field season is upon us.
"We are fortunate to be able to land Anthony," said head coach Cole Ballard. "He is an incredibly strong and talented runner and has the ability to compete at a high level immediately as a freshman, which is unique."
As for his former high school cross country coach Buc Bolmer, he has seen Anthony blossom into a talented runner who has the opportunity to transform himself into a top notch competitor at the collegiate level.
“Anthony is a great kid," Bolmer said. "He is just scratching the potential he has with his running. I am looking forward to watching Anthony take his running to the next level and continuing to improve in college.”
Frayre, who was born in Los Angeles, but has since moved to Garden City, specializes in the hurdles for the Buffaloes, which is an area she can make an impact in during her freshman year.
For Ballard, the ability to rope in a kid from neighboring Garden City is something his program must be able to do to stay competitive with the other community colleges in the area.
“Stephanie is a good kid who will do well both on the track and in the classroom," Ballard said. "It’s big for our program to get a kid from Garden City. We have to be able to sign kids from the big three in Southwest Kansas — Dodge City, Garden City and Liberal.”