She’s already conquered high school. Now, college.
Random Lake cross country and track and field star Delaney Sinnen has said she plans early next year to sign a national letter of intent to run at the University of Minnesota.
She plans to run both cross country and track and field for the NCAA Division I Golden Gophers.
“It felt right,” Sinnen said in an email to Sheboygan Press Media about the connection she felt with the university after visiting the campus in June and October. She said she’s already received and accepted a scholarship offer, and plans to sign her letter of intent in February.
Sinnen breezed to a WIAA Division 3 state cross country gold medal earlier this year after going undefeated through the regular season. Her winning 14-minute, 22.55-second finish at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids last month was nearly 46 seconds faster than the state runner-up.
She finished among the top runners at State as a sophomore and junior, too, taking third in last season’s state cross country race and fourth the year before.
She’s left a big fingerprint on local track and field record books. Her 5:03.20 time in the 1,600 run last year marks the best time in the Sheboygan Press coverage area. Ditto for her 10:42.65 in the 3,200. Besides breaking newspaper coverage area records, those times also broke Random Lake team records, too.
She earned three medals in last year’s Division 2 state track and field championships in La Crosse, where she took silver medals in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, and a sixth-place medal finish in the high jump.
“Besides her obvious talent, she’s very much a team athlete, is very encouraging to her teammates,” Random Lake track and field co-coach David Olson said earlier this year. “She’s very bright, even-tempered and has an outstanding work ethic. Very much a joy to coach and work with.”
Sinnen could find some familiar company waiting for her in Minnesota. Haley Johnson, a former standout on the Plymouth cross country and track and field teams, ran as a redshirt freshman for Minnesota this fall.
Johnson won the gold medal in the 3,200 run at the 2012 Division 1 state track and field championships, and was runner-up in that race the year before. She was a four-year state track and field qualifier, and finished third in the state cross country meet as a senior.