With high school graduation just a month away, Cydney Delley has no time to relax.
On Wednesday, she signed a track scholarship with Wake Forest. Today, she competes in the county meet. Next week, the region championships will be held. Then, if she keeps advancing, she'll compete in the state meet.
"Everybody is just chillin' and I'm like, wait a minute, guys," Delley said. "My year with track is just getting started."
Delley runs in the 200 and 400 for the Lady Knights. She will compete in the Columbia County Track and Field Championship this afternoon at Grovetown High School before competing in the region meet next week.
At the Bojangles Track and Field Classic last weekend in Columbia, Delley placed third in the 400 with a time of 56.11 - she fell just short of her personal best after a girl fell in her lane. A year earlier, she finished in 14th at 58.15 in the same event.
With the performance, Delley said she has the fastest time in Class AAAAAA.
"Next week, the road to state starts. I'm trying to get a state ring," she said. "I need a ring."
Whether she gets a ring or not, her college plans are cemented.
In the fall, though, the situation was quite different. Delley had another scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan during the early signing period in the fall. She said she couldn't sign it, it didn't feel right. So she kept contacting schools and had a long conversation with the Wake Forest coach. After a campus visit in December, she was sold.
"I wanted to see what Wake Forest was like," she said. "When I stepped on campus I said this was home. The campus is beautiful. The track program is growing. I'm happy I'm going to be a part of a program where I'm going to be a key player, a key runner."
Delley plans to major in biology with the hopes of becoming a neonatologist or neonatal surgeon. She said studying to become a doctor at the North Carolina school only makes her situation more perfect.
"Education is a big deal to me," she said. "I'm excited."