Girls Cross Country: Wiemeyer keeps aiming higher
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media September 15, 2013 10:38PM
Bianca Wiemeyer is the only member of Lockport to score in the 2010, '11 and '12 state finals. | Tim Tierney
Updated: October 17, 2013 6:17AM
From year to year, through the ups and downs of high school competition, Lockport’s Bianca Wiemeyer has stood out among her peers.
In each of the past three state meets, Wiemeyer has finished among Lockport’s top five in the Class 3A race. In fact, the soft-spoken senior is the only member of the team to score in the 2010, ’11 and ’12 state finals.
“I’m really proud of that,’’ Wiemeyer said. “I know I need to work hard and vie with the girls in the top five. They push me to be up in the spot where I am.’’
Lockport girls coach Evon Marie Schlotter, who’s retiring after coaching 33 years at the school, knows what it takes to be successful in more than one state meet.
“She’s consistent. She gives me 100 percent all the time,’’ Schlotter said. “She pushes herself beyond what normal kids their age do, especially in races.’’
As a freshman in 2010, Wiemeyer finished the Detweiller Park course in Peoria as Lockport’s No. 5 runner, clocking 18 minutes, 38 seconds for 139th place.
In 2011, the steady Wiemeyer ran 18:40 and placed 116th as the Porters’ third-best individual.
Last season, Kim Johnson and Courtney Correa were 1-2 for Lockport at the state meet and Wiemeyer again was the team’s No. 3 runner. She ran a personal-best 18:06 and finished 99th.
“This year I want to try to break 18 minutes,’’ Wiemeyer said. “That’s my main goal. Last year I was really close and this year I think I can do it.’’
Schlotter describes Wiemeyer as “a leader’’ and believes part of that quality came from running with graduated All-Staters Megan O’Brien and Stephanie Sanders.
“She knows what’s expected of her on this team,’’ Schlotter said. “She’s seen great leaders come before her, and I think they teach each other how they need to be with their teammates.’’
Wiemeyer said an important part of her success from season to season came from taking care of herself.
“Taking care of my body and making sure I’m not hurting myself and pushing myself to the point where I can’t run anymore,’’ she said.
Wiemeyer played soccer and did gymnastics and ballet before high school. She discovered her talent for running in sixth grade at Oak Prairie Junior High in Homer Glen.
“I had no idea I was going to do really good,’’ she said with a smile.
Wiemeyer plans to go to college, possibly the University of St. Francis in Joliet, and study education. Until then, Wiemeyer has her coach on her mind this year.
“I just really want to make her proud for my last season,’’ Wiemeyer said. “It’s my senior year and I need to push myself still.’’