Girls Cross Country: Lockport, Minooka finish in top 20 in stateThe Yorkville girls cross country team takes off out of the starting box on their way to a first overall team finish at the 2012 Class 2A girls cross country state finals on Saturday, November 3, 2012, in Peoria. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 3, 2012 11:16PM
It was fitting Saturday that in their final high school cross country race Kimberly Johnson and Courtney Correa, Lockport’s only two seniors, set the pace for the Porters at the Class 3A state meet.
Johnson and Correa went 1-2 for Lockport at Detweiller Park in Peoria to lead the Porters to 18th place, the fourth straight year they finished among the top 20 in the state final.
“We went through the mile the fastest we’ve ever done,’’ Correa said of running with Johnson. “We were together almost the whole race. We went through the mile at 5:40. We get to the two-mile, it’s the fastest we’ve ever been through at 11:50.’’
“I think it was just adrenaline and knowing it was our last race here as a Porter,’’ Johnson said. “We wanted to make it a good one.’’
Lockport’s top five runners were Johnson (86th, 17 minutes, 59 seconds), Correa (90th, 18:00), Bianca Wiemeyer (99th, 18:06), Taylor Stortz (120th, 18:22) and Madeline Rodriguez (146th, 18:36) at the 25-team meet won by Naperville North.
“I’m blessed to be down here again,’’ Correa said. “I’m proud of these guys, too.’’
“The girls found each other at the end, just like they’ve been doing all season long,’’ Lockport coach Evon Marie Schlotter said. “They had a great last meet.’’
Minooka was eight points behind Lockport in 19th place, the first time the Indians have made the top 20.
“The girls went out there and battled,’’ Minooka coach Kevin Gummerson said. “Morgan Crouch ran tremendous.’’
Minooka’s top five finishers were Crouch (68th, 17:49), Moira McAsey (110th, 18:18), Haley McNamara (113th, 18:19), Laura Simon (116th, 18:20) and Kaitlyn Chetney (140th, 18:29).
Lincoln-Way West’s Natalie Waters (17:36) had a smile on her face after going from 31st place in Class 2A last year as a freshman to an All-State 13th-place finish.
“It was pretty crazy the first mile and then it kind of spread out,’’ Waters said. “Then I kind of lost connection with the pack. At the end I was like, ‘OK, I’ve got to do this because my goal is to be All-State.’ I’m pretty happy about it.’’