Life in the fast lane: Zoe Delaney talks confidence

Charlie Denison

Zoe Delaney takes first place during the District C Tourney in Great Falls May 12. Zoe had a phenomenal freshman year, winning state in the 200-meter dash.
Photo by Charlie Denison

Zoe Delaney stops for a photo at home with one of her colts.
Photo courtesy of Wendy Delaney


That’s the key for Grass Range incoming sophomore Zoe Delaney, a state champion sprinter and breaker of colts.

“My main interests are horses and track,” she said, “and, one thing I’ve learned –if you don’t have confidence, you won’t be that good. That goes for anything you do in life.”

Sometimes it’s just that simple, Zoe said.

“You have to have confidence when you are riding your horse, or they will lose respect for you,” she said, “and, when running, you have to have confidence or you will lose respect for yourself.  If I have doubt in my mind, that’s usually when I lose.”

Tell yourself you can win the race, Zoe said, and push harder.

That’s exactly what Zoe did during her freshman year, as she had a breakout season, taking first in state in the 200-meter dash and second in state in both the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter run.

“I didn’t think I’d be this good, but I guess I was,” she said. “I just enjoy the good competition and the running.”

Zoe has always loved running, just as she’s always loved riding horses.

“I started doing both when I was 5,” she said. “When I was little, I wanted to be an Olympic runner. I think that’d be pretty cool.”

But, right now, Zoe is setting goals for one year at a time, conditioning herself to be even faster.

“I’m excited for this summer because I am doing a lot of ab workouts and leg workouts,” she said. “I will also run in the hills to keep in shape.”

 Zoe said she is optimistic about next year, as she expects to get to state again and “place high.”

“I want to do well and keep moving up from there, and try to get into a good college,” she said. “I am also thinking about doing long jump next year, which could be fun.”

Ideally, Zoe said she’d like to go to Montana State University-Bozeman with a track scholarship and study something ag-related.

“And, after college, after I get a good job, I’m thinking about coming back here to Grass Range to live on the ranch,” she said.

Small-town life has been wonderful, Zoe said, and she’s excited for each and every year of high school, as she’s also involved in volleyball and basketball.

“I used to do some rodeo events, as well,” she said, “but I don’t want to get injured.”

 Other than athletics, Zoe said she is really enjoying school, friends and the community.

“Grass Range is pretty special to me,” she said. “Everyone knows each other and everyone is friendly.

Just the other day a guy made me a deal where I break his horse and he’ll give me a horse in return. That’s pretty cool.”




What is your favorite part of the Fair?