THREE LAKES -
Countless early mornings in the weight room, dozens of after school runs and more than a few school records all led up to Friday for Three Lakes track athlete Kortnie Volk.
Volk will be taking her talents to UW Milwaukee to compete in track and field.
She'll have the opportunity to be a heptathlete there, running sprints, distance and doing some field events.
Volk had offers on the table from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U.S. Naval Academy.
But she says the chance to make an immediate impact with the Panthers won her over.
"I revealed it to my whole family at the same time and all my family members guessed right," Volk said. "They all guessed I was going to Milwaukee, so I knew I made the right decision."
Volk was part of the 4x100 relay team that won the D3 state championship for the Bluejays last season.
She appeared on the podium four times in that meet, the most times of any Northwoods athlete.
Kortnie's father Charlie couldn't help but get a little emotional remembering all those accomplishments.
"It was a pretty proud moment," Charlie Volk said. "She's a pretty dedicated athlete and it just goes to show you the hard work she's put in pays off."
There's still a little more hard work ahead for Kortnie.
She has the upcoming spring track season to look forward to.