Cheyenne Nickel is prepared to further elevate her level of success when she joins the Waldorf University women’s track and field team as a sprinter next season.
Nickel, a Dalton, Neb. native and Leyton High School senior, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Sunday.
“Cheyenne will be coming to Waldorf with a ton of potential,” Waldorf interim head coach Kaylen White said.
Despite Leyton lacking its own track facility, Nickel has excelled throughout her prep career and has earned back-to-back trips to the Class D state meet.
“She comes from a school without a track facility or much equipment, so it will be exciting to see how much she can do once she gets here and has access to a track, blocks, a strength and conditioning center and a team to work with,” White said.
A three-year varsity letter winner at Leyton, Nickel helped the Warriors qualify for the state meet in the 4×400-meter relay as a sophomore. She returned to state in the 400 as a junior last season and is looking to punch her ticket to state for the third consecutive time this season.
Nickel owns a personal-record time of 1 minute, 5.99 seconds in the 400 and has clocked a PR of 29.22 seconds in the 200.
The opportunity to compete at the next level has Nickel excited for the next chapter of her career.
“Being able to continue my track career at the collegiate level is the greatest blessing I have received in my life,” Nickel said. “I know that with the help of my professors, coaches and teammates, I will accomplish all of my desired goals on and off the field at Waldorf.”
Stepping onto the track for the Warriors next season also serves as motivation for Nickel, who plans to push herself in order to further develop as a student-athlete.
“I look forward to being a contributor to the Waldorf Warriors,” Nickel said. “Being on the track team will force me to work harder and become the best student-athlete I can possibly be.”
Nickel is the daughter of Darrell Nickel and Starla and Darin Borges. She will study secondary education at Waldorf and said she selected the university because of the campus, friendly staff and faculty, along with the fact that it feels like the right fit for her future.
“I fell in love with the campus right away when I first visited in December,” Nickel said. “After meeting some of my future teammates, coaches and professors, I knew Waldorf was the perfect place for me. Of all the colleges I visited, Waldorf made me feel the most comfortable.”
Nickel becomes the second member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class, joining St. Ansgar native Caitlyn Juhl. Set to make her debut for the Warriors this winter during the indoor season, Nickel’s strong work ethic is expected to help her adjust to the collegiate level.
“She’s a 200- and 400-meter sprinter, so she’ll be a great addition to the squad,” White said. “Overall, Cheyenne is a hard worker on the track and in school, so she’ll fit in well here.”