"When you're working hard and you feel like you're dying, you just think something good can come out of it… and I think it showed the girls that if you work for something you can just get it," said Madison Thompson, Fort Benton Longhorn's track and field star.
Last year, Fort Benton's Madi Thompson put in the work to lead the Longhorns track and field team to State championship, taking first place in the 100 meter dash while coming in 2nd place in pole vault and long jump…
"before the state tournament, I was out running hills every other night. I guess like, off or not, just practice work, like I would come late to pole vault at night, work on blocks, just kind of out of school, out of practice work," said Thompson.
The loan senior on the Longhorns basketball team, Thompson's athletic ability was just as crucial as her leadership.
Madi was lost to injury during tournament play, but a broken hand wasn't enough to stop her from making an impact.
"She's a positive leader, during games if I pulled somebody out, she'd talk to them and cheer them up or if I told somebody something she would just encourage them and give them extra reinforcement," said Fort Benton girls basketball coach, Cassie Pimperton.
Now in her final Spring with the program, Madi knows that the eyes of class C track are all on her…
"Just thinking that I was a champion last year, I feel like theirs a huge banner on my head that says, state champion, try and beat her…" said Thompson.
But this has only pushed her to work harder…
"I'm someone who puts a lot of pressure on myself so I'm trying to not have pressure but still continue to do good and get my goals, the best would probably to be back-to-back state champions," said Thompson