Dodge City High School senior Caroline Williams will be a two-sport athlete at Newman University starting next year. Williams signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday with the school, agreeing to play softball and run cross country for the school.

“At a cross country meet, the cross country coach came and talked to me,” Williams said. “Initially, I didn’t want to run cross country in college because I wanted to play softball and I was on a traveling softball team.”

Their cross country coach, however, told Williams the school didn’t have a track and field team, and that she could compete in both sports, Williams said.

She said she had emailed the softball coach previously, but not gotten a response. The cross country coach, however, contacted the softball coach. They got together and they told her she could, in fact, do both.

“I couldn’t do that anywhere else,” Williams said.

That ended up being part of what drove her to choose Newman.

“I really liked cross country and I really liked softball and I’d put in a lot of work for both,” Williams said.

Academically, she said she intends to start by majoring in Biology. From there, she hopes to go to dental school. The size of Newman is something she said she is looking forward to.

“I think K-State and KU are way to big for me, but any community college is too small,” Williams said. “So I’m excited to go to a school that’s the right size for me. I think it’ll be a good fit for me.”