Katie Chinn Weyer competed in cross country and track and field for Belmont from 2001-2005. In cross country, she competed in 19 career races and helped the Bruins win four straight Atlantic Sun titles. On the track, she competed in middle and long distance events, earning All-Conference honors in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 2003. In addition, she was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team in cross country and track and field all four years.
Katie recently spoke to BelmontBruins.com about her time at Belmont and her present life as a wife, mother, teacher, and coach back in her hometown of Tell City, Indiana.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I knew immediately that Belmont was where I wanted to be. It was the first (and only) NCAA visit I took. I felt so at home on campus and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Belmont fit everything I was looking for in a college in every way. I knew I would get a quality education and be a part of a great running program.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Several things come to mind but they can all be summarized by speaking to the times our team was together. Whether it be regular runs around Nashville, van/bus/plane rides, or even workouts - I realize now that those experiences were the groundwork for friendships that continue nearly 20 years later.
Cross country and track aren't sports that we have a lot of "home" events. We hosted one cross country meet each fall and had a few local meets in the spring, but every other meet we had was out of town. We logged a lot of miles traveling, and looking back, those were some of my favorite times.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
My team. Each and every day we pushed each other to be the best version of ourselves. Whether it was racing, running hill circuits, track workouts, or just runs down Belmont Blvd, we always were able to bring out the best in each other.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
This is a tough one as I feel as though athletics in general can teach a person so many valuable lessons. The culture at Belmont fosters many valuable life lessons. One lesson that comes to mind is trust and commitment. Trusting the process, trust in your team and coaches, trust in the system as a whole - being committed to your team through common goals, working hard, supporting each other. These skills have helped me in my own coaching and teaching career and are skills I work to pass on to my own student-athletes.
What advice would you give to current members of the cross country team?
Enjoy the moment. I feel as though I didn't fully appreciate my time at Belmont while I was there. I took the culture, relationships and experiences for granted. Your time on campus will go so quickly and it's important to understand the opportunities in front of you while you are there. The other thing I've learned is, once a Bruin, always a Bruin. I love coming back to Nashville and seeing familiar faces at Belmont. Throughout all stages of my adult life, my Belmont family has been there.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
I don't have one particular professor that sticks out as my favorite. I was a double major with middle school education and history - I had great experiences in both areas of study.
Where do you live now?
Tell City, Indiana
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
I am a 7th grade science and math teacher at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. I coach high school girls cross country and track and field teams at Tell City.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Nick and we have two boys, Jack (5) and Ben (2). Nick also teaches at Tell City Junior-Senior High School and is the high school boys and girls tennis coach.