Delia Deleon and Naomi Gonzalez

Treasure Valley Community College’s Delia Deleon, right, and Naomi Gonzalez pose with their first place and runner-up trophies, respectively, from the women’s 5,000-meter race at the NWAC Championships in May 2018.

GRESHAM — Delia DeLeon, isn’t a very talkative person, but she didn’t have any problem making a lot of noise during her career as a Treasure Valley Community College athlete.

At the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships, the Nyssa alumna closed her junior college career on Tuesday with gold medals in the 800-meter race (2:19.10), the 1,500-meter race (4:52.40) and the 10,000-meter race (41:18.66).

The NWAC Championships were held at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

DeLeon will leave TVCC as a seven time NWAC Champion, having won three titles this spring, three titles last spring (the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000) and the cross country championship as a freshman.

DeLeon will be transferring to Oregon State University after this spring, she signed her letter of intent to join the track and field and cross country teams back in January.

Mary Letham, DeLeon’s running partner, was a two-time All-American with a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter race (19:33.99) and second in the 10,000 (41:18.66).

Over on the men’s side, Adam McLean led the Chukars with a first place finish in the 800. The sophomore from Edwardsville, Illinois finished the race in 1:57.25.

Sophomore Benjen Lilly was an All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:51.66, third) and the 1,500 (4:07.07, second).


Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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