|Hometown:||Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|High School:||Ann Arbor Pioneer|
BEFORE NMU: Duerksen was a four-year letter winner in both cross country and track & field at Ann Arbor Pioneer sserving as a captain for the cross country team. She competed at the state cross country meet each of her final three seasons.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Robert and Mary Duerksen and has three siblings. Both parents competed in cross country and track & field in college with her father competing at Central Michigan University and her mother at Indiana University. Majoring in Construction Management