Juarez-Lincoln High School had its first college signing Wednesday as two cross-country students signed a national letter of intent to compete at Allen Community College in Kansas.
Nancy Maldonado and Freddy Calvillo received full ride scholarships to the college. Maldonado is a 2019 6A regional qualifier and Calvillo is a 2019 6A cross country state qualifier.
“It’s a great opportunity, they offered me a full ride so I thought it’d be the best chance to continue doing what I love,” Maldonado said. “I’ve been competing all these four years and have been preparing to do this by practicing and running every day no matter what. I have a passion for this sport.”
Maldonado said she plans to study engineering at Allen Community College.
“She’s a hard worker, dedicated and a leader, all good qualities that will help her excel at Allen College,” Myrando Montalvo, assistant girl’s coach for the campus’ cross country team said of Maldonado. “This will be an awesome opportunity for her to show her abilities and let people know we produce awesome athletes at Juarez-Lincoln, we’re proud of her”
Calvillo said he plans to study law enforcement as he competes at Allen’s cross-country team.
“I know I will keep getting faster and improve and show what I can be at the school I thought was the best choice for me,” Calvillo said. “I feel that and want to help my future teammates take it to the next level. Since my freshman year I’ve been on the varsity team thanks to the support from my coaches, friends and family and because of that support I’ve been getting better.”
Juarez-Lincoln boy’s cross-country Coach Rene Loera praised how far Calvillo has come in four years.
“He’s a good kid and will fit right in a small school that will take care of him,” Loera said. “He works hard, has no complaints, will do what I ask him for without any complaints. He’s accomplished what he’s set to do in high school.”
District athletic director Victor Garza praised both students and said Juarez-Lincoln will have more upcoming signings, including a quadruple signing for four athletes from the Juarez-Lincoln girls’ soccer team later this month.
“A lot of positive things are happening and it feels exciting knowing there are people out there who believe in our student athletes who will give them the opportunity to go beyond high school to compete and represent their community at the collegiate level,” Garza said. “It makes us feel like we’ve done our job.”
This story was originally published in the Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 edition of the Progress Times.