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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Red Demons runner-up at WAC meet, Carmona sets record

  • On a windy, yet warm afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Dodge City High School track and field team looked to replicate a little of their magic from a season ago, when the Lady Demons surprised everyone with a conference championship.


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  • On a windy, yet warm afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Dodge City High School track and field team looked to replicate a little of their magic from a season ago, when the Lady Demons surprised everyone with a conference championship.
         However, this year it was not meant to be, as the Garden City Lady Buffaloes dominated on the girls side and the Hays Indians cruised to a team title on the boys side. The Lady Demons, who are still inserting a lot of fresh faces into their lineup, finished 5th overall with 33 team points. The Red Demons fared much better, but had no match for the intensity Hays brought to the meet.
         They ended up finishing 2nd overall with 57 points, two ahead of both Garden City and Liberal.
         'We got kind of what we expected today," said head coach Dave Foster. "On the girls side, we are incredibly young and I thought for them to finish the way they did in the 4-by-400 was great for them. As for the boys, we continue to show our strengths lie in the middle distance events, where we put points on the board every time."
         As for the girls, it has been a work in progress throughout the season, as a plethora of young talent has been asked to step up and contribute down the stretch. They competed their hearts out on Thursday night but could not find that extra gear to get over the hump.
         Junior Summer Wilson excelled for the Lady Demons throughout the day, earning a big chunk of the team's points. She became the Western Athletic Conference champion in the 100-meter hurdles, while also finishing 4th in the 300-meter hurdles, 3rd in the high jump and 4th in the long jump.
         As for the rest of the running events, Mariah Rodriguez took home 6th in the 100-meter dash, Sadie Unruh captured 6th in the 200-meter dash and 4th in the 400-meter dash, Lela Killion came in 8th in the 900-meter, Vanz DeLaCruz finished 9th in the 1600-meter, and Melitza Ramirez got 6th in the 3200-meter.
         In the field and throwing events, Sabrina Hurtado placed 6h in the triple jump, Chandra Sain captured 5th in the pole vault, Latara Hardy finished 8th in the shot put, Rachel Durled took home 4th in the javelin and 9th in the shot put, and Jordan Olivarez placed 3rd in the discus.
         The relay squads for the Lady Demons showed much improvement from where they have been throughout the course of the season, as the 4-by-100 placed 4th and the 4-by-400 came out of nowhere to finish in 3rd, a solid sign of things to come for those runners.
         On the boy's side, the Red Demons had a successful day overall in the mid-to-long distance running events, a platform that has become their bread and butter during the year. They did just enough to hold onto 2nd-place, and will look to carry that momentum into their regional competition next week.
    Page 2 of 2 -      Winning WAC championships for Dodge City include Vincente Estrella in the 800-meter and Oscar Carmona in the 1600-meter and the 3200-meter, who set a new conference record by winning the 3200 with a time of 9:53.
         In the rest of the running events, Isaiah Bradshaw captured 5th in the 110-meter hurdles, Blaik Middleton earned a 5th-place finish in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, Elder Collindres took home 5th in the 800-meter, and Luis Carmona finished 4th in the 1600-meter and 3rd in the 3200-meter.
         The field and throwing events have generally been a point of emphasis for the Demons, but several scratches took away potential points. Bryce Sonday finished 2nd in the discus, Blaise Tate took home 5th in the shot put, Victor Ortiz soared for a 2nd-place finish in the pole vault, and Bradshaw earned a 4th-place finish in the triple jump.
         As for the relay teams, the 4-by-100 squad placed 4th, the 4-by-400 team mustered a 5th-place finish, and the 4-by-800 unit flew home to a 2nd-place finish overall.
         Now the Demons will gear up for their regional competition, where the top 4 in each event will make it to the 6A State meet, which is the largest championship in the country.
         "Summer Wilson will be our odds on favorite to make it from the girls, and if we can get anyone else plus her, that will be great," Foster said. "When it comes to the boys, we'll probably take a large, talented group to State with our running and throwing athletes."

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