BELVIDERE (WREX) — Belvidere North senior runner Madison Diercks is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.
Diercks helped the Blue Thunder cross country team win state championships her freshman and junior years, and helped them to a 2nd place finish her sophomore year. As a senior, she hopes to add one more state trophy to that total. But all the success doesn’t come easy.
“Putting in the work, making sure you do the workouts, get the times that you’re supposed to hit,” Diercks said. “It’s definitely been stressful on your body over time. Just because of all the work you put in.”
But it’s been worth it for Diercks, who has also found a lot of success during track and field season, as well as on the basketball court. She plans to play basketball in college, so this fall will be her last time running cross country races.
“It definitely increases the motivation to give it your last hurrah,” Diercks said. “Finish out strong.”
Finishing strong has been a specialty of Diercks throughout her career. She’s sure to make the most of her final long distance runs with the Blue Thunder.