In honor of the Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this week and the 40th Anniversary of the cross country and track programs, BelmontBruins.com profiles Keely Weaver Corlew.
Keely is 2015 Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and competed in cross country and track for Belmont from 1999-2004. She established standards by which all Belmont female distance runners would be measured. A three-time All-South Region honoree in cross country, Weaver Corlew holds the distinction of being Belmont’s first NCAA era All-American in any sport, so named in the 10,000m in 2000. Belmont joined the Atlantic Sun Conference while Weaver Corlew was an upperclassman, and she would earn First Team All-Atlantic Sun honors in both cross country and track and field. She recently reflected on her time at Belmont and her current life in Florida with BelmontBruins.com.
Why did you choose Belmont?
Choosing Belmont was one of the biggest decisions I had ever made at that time in my life and also one of the easiest. After my recruiting visit, I felt such a peace about going there. Coach Seth Sheridan was so excited about the cross country and track program and so much fun to be around. On that same visit, I was blessed to spend time with Christi Beth Adams, Allison Mills Neal, and Jess Harris Telligman who were on the team. After time with them I knew Belmont was the place for me. They are extraordinary people and I feel honored to have run with them.
Another important factor was the excellent education program and the warm welcoming campus atmosphere. I also wanted a Christian school, that was very important to me.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
This question is so hard to answer because I have so many great memories at Belmont. Being with my team and travelling to races was always such a positive experience. The excitement getting ready for a big race and the van rides after a hard race were so much fun with my team. I have so many fond memories of those times, but the memory that sticks out the most is running the 10, 000 meters at the NCAA Championship at Duke University. I feel so blessed to have had that opportunity.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
Coach Seth Sheridan and my teammates (alongside the constant support of my family) had the biggest influence on me during my career at Belmont. The incredible encouragement they gave me was life changing. Working hard alongside people that really care about what you are trying to accomplish is an amazing experience.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
The most valuable thing I gained at Belmont was the relationships I made while I was there. I continue to be blessed by those friendships. I have been inspired by so many of them.
What advice would you give to current members of the cross country team?
I am not really much for giving advice because everyone’s experiences are so different, but I would say to really cherish the amazing experiences you get to have ...especially the friendships you will make. Be supportive of your teammates and the different things they may be going through. Those people will be forever friends. Also cherish the cool places and races you get to go to. I am so thankful for what we were able to do while at Belmont. Work hard and love what you are doingJ
Who was your favorite professor?
That is so hard to choose because I really liked all of the professors at Belmont, especially the elementary education professors. But if I had to choose, the one who sticks out the most was Dr. Jim Stamper. He knew all of his students so well and was so kind and taught me a lot. He made the whole learning experience wonderful. Also he was very supportive of the student athletes.
Where do you live now?
I live in Winter Springs, Florida (a suburb in Orlando).
What is your occupation?
I teach preschool at Willow Creek Preschool in Winter Springs, Florida. I work with wonderful people and teach 3 year olds. They are precious and so much fun (and of course a little tiring ;). I teach part time, so I am able to substitute teach and help at my kids’ school too.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Kevin and we have two children, Grace and Graham. I am so blessed by them everyday! Grace is eight and in third grade. She loves being creative, swimming, and being with her family and friends. Graham is six and in first grade and loves building things (especially Legos) and loves being with his family and playing with friends. They definitely keep us busy but it is worth every bit of it! Extremely thankful for my family!
If you are a former Belmont student-athlete and want to participate in this series, please contact John Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.