• Fredericksburg High School senior Megan Daley, center, signs her letter of intent to compete for Baylor University in Waco’s track and field team starting in August. Joining Daley at her ceremony were, in front, from left, Peggy Rodriguez, Rebecca Daley, Grace Daley and Bruce Daley; back, coach Kaci Rittimann, coach Jamie Kneese, coach Dan Aldrich and coach Kristy Danz. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

FHS track star heading to Baylor

It’s fitting that Fredericksburg High School’s golden girl will wear gold in college.

Two-time state champion Megan Daley is set for a collegiate career competing for Baylor University track and field, donning the gold and green of one of the country’s top collegiate track programs.

“I stepped on the campus and absolutely loved it,” Daley said. “I toured the athletic facilities and they’re so nice. They have a really good program. I’m really excited.”

Daley is the third FHS girls’ track NCAA Division I signee in three years, following Chase Whiting (UTSA) and Lauren Smith (Arkansas State), both of whom signed in 2016.

A spot on a DI track team that competes in the Big 12 Conference isn’t a bad way for Daley to end her FHS career, considering she started specializing in the sport three years ago.

She will hone her heptathlon skills at a track program that’s produced multiple Olympic track and field gold medalists.

“It feels really good,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll necessarily be as successful as (the Olympic gold medalists), but it’s always something to work toward. It’s just really exciting to go and be a part of something like that.”

The heptathlon features seven different events spread across two days of competition.

The first day starts with 100-meter hurdles and continues with the high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash. Day 2 is the long jump, javelin and the 800-meter run.

Scoring is based on a 1,000-point scale for each event and points are awarded based on the athlete’s performance in each event.

Her well-rounded skill set — state champion in the high jump and 300-meter hurdles, as well as a medalist in both the 100 hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay — bodes well for the event.

“She has set herself up to be good at five of seven events and with continued training, she can develop her weak events in the upcoming years,” FHS coach Dan Aldrich said. “At the regional track meet, Megan was totally exhausted at the end of Day 2, but she experienced a little of what it is like to be a heptathlete.

“The past few years she has competed in four events on Day 1 and three events on Day 2 at regionals, in addition to four events at the state meet this year, which has all helped her prepare for her next challenge.”

Daley’s worked on most of the events over the last few years, even throwing some javelin with her father, Bruce Daley, on FHS’ practice fields.

He didn’t mind helping his daughter learn how to throw a spear that measures out around 86.6 inches in length, despite not knowing much about it.

“She’s good with it,” Bruce Daley said. “My son (Chris) might have a problem with it, but she’s good with it.”

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