Herald-Whig

Straus caps off freshman campaign with three state titles

Marion County freshman Delaney Straus cruises to victory in the 800-meter run at the Class 1 state track and field championships Saturday in Jefferson City, Mo. | Photo for the H-W/Chris Auckley
Posted: May. 19, 2019 12:10 am Updated: May. 19, 2019 12:21 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Delaney Straus admits she was surprised by her results.

She's put the state of Missouri on notice, too.

Straus, a freshman distance runner for the Marion County girls track and field team, captured three titles along with a second-place finish at this weekend's Class 1 state track and field meet at Adkins Stadium.

"I definitely thought I'd be able to win, so I was going to try," Straus said. "I was hoping for one or two wins. I never imagined placing in all of them."

She nearly swept all four.

Straus won state championships in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. She won the 800 in 2 minutes, 20.73 seconds, the 1,600 in 5:22.94 and the 3,200 on Friday in 11:55.71.

She won the 1,600 by nearly three seconds.

Straus said winning the 3,200 Friday set the tone for her weekend.

"That let me know I can compete at this level," she said. "That was a boost of confidence."

She took second in the 400 after finishing in 1:00.18 as Greenwood's Danielle Wilson edged her out by a half second.

"I really couldn't be upset at that," Straus said. "It wasn't that heartbreaking."

It's hard to be upset knowing she has a chance to become one of the most decorated runners in state history by the time her career ends.

Straus is aware winning three state championships puts her in the spotlight for the remaining three years. She's embracing that.

"I think I'll be able to handle it," Straus said. "I want that."

Straus will want three more trips to state after the way her first ended.

"It was amazing," Straus said. "It was such a very cool experience just to be here. Winning on top of it made it special."