It was a good weekend on and off the course from JSerra senior Katherine Delaney.
In her first cross country race of the season, Delaney flashed the talent that has made her one of the county’s top distance runners over the last three years. Hanging with the lead pack throughout the sweepstakes race, Delaney sprinted strong to the finish line to place second behind Tesoro’s Emily Scharmann.
“I am excited with my first cross country race of the season,” said Delaney.
Delaney also committed to University of California, where she will run distances, and was impressed by the running staff.
“I was impressed with the people at Cal,” said Delaney. “Head coach Tony Sandoval and assistant coach Ann Detmer believe in training athletes as individuals. When I met the girls on my recruiting trip, it was obvious they were serious and passionate about running.”
Delaney has certainly proven to be one of the county’s better all-around athletes. In addition to cross country, she is a member of both the Lions swimming and track and field teams.
Though she has regularly faced a difficult schedule of training and competing for both simultaneously throughout the spring, Delaney says that she enjoys it.
“It is a challenge to compete in swimming and track in the same season,” Delaney said. “Many people have told me to focus on one sport, but I really love to train and compete in both.”
Delaney also considered Georgetown, UCLA, Columbia, and Villanova, but felt that Cal was best suited for her.
“All of the schools have great academics and running programs, but Cal is the best fit for me,” she said.