Women's Track Recruiting / Illinois / Aurora, IL / Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy / Delicia Chen

Delicia Chen '21 Recruiting Profile

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Height5'6"
Weight110lbs
Age21
Primary Position800M
Secondary Position1600M
Dominant HandRight
1600M5:22
800M2:19

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Personal Statement

"You're going to IMSA? Oh..."

With every good race, team victory, pasta party, or grueling track workout of the season, this disappointed reaction from my freshman-year coaches and teammates never failed to serve as a painful reminder that these moments were bittersweet. And I'll admit - I was worried. I was worried of the impact that IMSA, known for its rigorous, stressful, competitive, and (perhaps most famously) sleep-depriving environment, would have on my athletic career. I was worried to have to live so far from what I had known as my home for my whole life, away from my family. I was worried of leaving everything behind, my friends, my coaches, my teammates, for a place so unfamiliar and unforgiving. My parents put no pressure on me to attend. However, I wanted to go somewhere where I really had to prove myself to get the results I wanted, and I knew I would never forgive myself for passing up on a challenge, an opportunity, such as this. 

I believe my balance between my athletics and academics makes me stand out among other recruits. Consistently ranked one of the top academic high schools in the nation, IMSA requires its students to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort into their studies to succeed with its rigorous curriculum.  While many students who attend IMSA give up their athletic careers to focus on academics, I knew I wanted to balance my studies with my love for running competitively. The transition wasn't easy; I went from being a part of a State Champion Cross Country and Track team to a team that hadn't sent a female runner to state in either sport for years. However, coming to IMSA has taught me not only to take responsibility and initiative in my own training, but that of my teammates as well. And while we may not be a state-champion-bound team, the program is currently the strongest it's ever been in school history. I hope to continue pursuing my academic as well as athletic goals in college, and I am looking for a program that will challenge me in both aspects.

Athletics

High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity
  • 7 years
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • 1600M State Qualifier, Team Captain
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • Team Captain
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • 1st Team All-State
  • Team Awards
  • State Champs
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • Honorable Mention All-State
  • Team Awards
  • Conference Champs, Sectional Champs, State Champs
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • State Qualifier
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • State Qualifier, Team Captain
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • 1st Team All-Conference
  • Team Awards
  • Conference Champs, Sectional Champs, Regional Champs, State Champs, 11th Place Nike Cross Nationals , 11th Place Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regionals

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Grant Bell
  • High School Head Coach
  • Angela Smith

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Academics

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High School Information

StateIllinois
Enrollment650
Phone(630) 907-5053

Academic Accomplishments

Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
No

Awards and Activities

  • AwardsHOSA 2020 State Leadership Conference Qualifier - Medical Math HOSA 2020 State Leadership Conference Qualifier - Medical Assisting
  • ActivitiesCampus Activites Board (Student Council) Medical Society Math Team Peer Tutor

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