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Diane Lipa finished third with a time of 17:15, helping Glenbard South finish second for the girls 2A cross country state finals Nov. 9 in Peoria. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Meatheads is a chain of fast-casual burger restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area. Each month, it recognizes a student-athlete in the area surrounding each location for his or her accomplishments on and off the field.
1. How do you exemplify Meatheads’ values of determination, hustle and hard work?
I think I exemplify Meatheads’ ideals of determination, hustle and hard work through my dedication to training hard all year, regardless of whether I’m in-season or out, and also maintaining my school grades at the same time.
2. What were your greatest athletic and academic achievements over the last month?
This year, the Glenbard South girls cross country team won our fourth consecutive conference championship, as well as a regional championship. We then advanced to place second at both our sectional and state meets (earning the highest state finish in our team’s history!) Individually, I finished second at the Metro Suburban Conference meet, the Wheaton Academy Regional and the Wheaton Academy Sectional. I also took third at the IHSA 2A girls state cross country meet.
3. Is there a teammate, coach, faculty or family member you’d credit most with your athletic and academic successes?
I’d just like to give a huge shout out to my entire team, they’re a bunch of great girls and it has been such an honor to run with them all year! I also want to thank coach Webb and coach Sippel for pushing me to be my very best, as well as my older sisters, Karen and Jennifer, for always believing in me and being there to support me when the going gets tough.
4. Where are you going to college, or where do you want to go? Do you plan on playing a sport there?
I would really love to be able to continue running through college, although I have no idea where that will be. Luckily, I still have two more years until I have to figure out where and what I’d like to study.
5. Who is your favorite athlete playing today, collegiate or professional?
Since I am a huge New England Patriots fan, I would have to say my favorite athlete is Tom Brady. He’s very talented and has been so consistent in leading his team through great seasons year after year.
6. What’s on your iPod right now?
I love all types of music, so I have a huge variety of different genres and artists on my iPod. My favorite style changes almost weekly, but right now I’m really into alternative stuff.
7. What’s the best movie or television show you’ve seen recently?
My sisters and I religiously watched "The Voice" for the past few months. Seeing all those talented vocalists really made me wish I could actually sing!
8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I’ll be 25 years old! I see myself graduated from college, with a job in a career that interests me. Hopefully I’ll still be enjoying running, especially cross country.
9. What is your favorite motivational quote?
“The only one who can tell you, ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” — Nike
In a cross country race, your body is being pushed to the absolute fastest it can move, and is essentially screaming at you to give up and slow down. The only thing that keeps you going forward is your own mental toughness, and I think this quote really represents that feeling of determination that is essential to the sport of running.