Girls Cross Country: Lockport looking for a rerun
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media September 1, 2014 8:44PM
Members of Lockport's girls cross country team set the pace during a workout. | Tim Tierney/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 2, 2014 2:11AM
In her final season after 30-plus years of coaching, Lockport’s Evon Marie Schlotter anticipates another successful run for the Porters.
“Last year’s team just blew the doors off my mental picture of them,’’ Schlotter said. “They took it and ran. I’m hoping this year they do the same thing. I’m looking forward to the season.’’
Lockport rolled as the 2013 season went on, winning the SouthWest Suburban Blue over Sandburg, Class 3A regional and sectional titles and then finishing fifth in the state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
The Porters were 18th in the 2012 state race, but that was before All-Stater Morgan Bollinger and Karlee Stortz arrived.
As freshmen last season, Bollinger claimed eighth place at Detweiller Park while Stortz was the Porters’ No. 5 state meet finisher.
Naturally, the team is hoping for an even better season this year. Bollinger slowly is working back after she experienced leg pain at the end of the track season.
“We’re hoping to trophy if we work hard enough through the season,’’ Bollinger said. “We definitely gained a lot of confidence coming from the fifth-place finish last year.’’
Returnees Emmie Hahn and Haley Beaumont, both seniors, were Lockport’s second and fourth finishers, respectively, at the state final. Junior Alicia Ary also returns from the state meet squad.
“We were a young team last year and we just kept moving that pack up and worked even harder,’’ Hahn said. “We had a little fire in our belly.
“Running the (state) race and hearing our names as we’re running, saying that we were so close to Morgan was just an awesome feeling. We were really happy with it.’’
State meet success isn’t unusual for Lockport. The Porters claimed a trophy with a second-place finish in 2005, and they were sixth in ’06, the last year of the two-class format.
Lockport was seventh in Class 3A in ’07, but finished in the teens from ’09 through ’12 until last year’s race.
A more experienced 2014 squad also will count on Taylor Stortz, Jorie Beaumont, Aubrey Friedrich, Madisyn Hannion, Isabella Krockey, Emily Stoklosa and Emily Zaplatosch.
“So far during our workouts, we have had a really good pack,’’ Hahn said. “We’ve had a pack of eight so far. We’re pretty happy with that. Even though we graduated two (Taylor Latta and Aubrey Elwood), we’re gaining a lot more.’’
“We are looking to match last year’s success, not only in the win-loss column, but in the way our group functions as a team,’’ Schlotter said. “At the top of our list is staying healthy.’’