Dykes NWS

GCMS's Delanie Dykes signs her letter of intent to run track and field for Northwest Missouri State.

CHAMPAIGN -- In about a month, Delanie Dykes will conclude what has already been one of most successful careers in GCMS High School track and field history.

When she earned a sixth-place medal in the 800-meter run at the IHSA Class 1A state meet during her sophomore year, she was the first GCMS girls track and field athlete to win an IHSA state medal since 2012.

In her junior year, Dykes earned a third-place medal in the 800-meter run and a fourth-place one in the 400-meter dash.

"I had a good time at GCMS, but I'm ready to move on to the next chapter," Dykes said.

That next chapter will take place on the women's track and field program at Northwest Missouri State, which she signed her letter of intent on Sunday to join next school year.

"I'm really excited to move on," Dykes said. "I think it'll be a great fit for me -- the coach, the facilities, everything there."

Dykes also was looking at Northern Illinois and Grand Valley State.

"I had a few others in mind, but when I visited Northwest Missouri State, I felt like that's where I needed to be," Dykes said.

While she has yet to select a major, she said she wanted to go into something "business-related."