Video Tribute: The CMS Women's Cross Country Class of 2021
As part of NCAA Division III week (Apr. 5-11), we will be honoring the senior classes for all 21 of our varsity sports. A number of our student-athletes elected to take a semester or a school year off and could return to action next season, but we have chosen to honor the senior classes as they would have been, without the COVID-19 interruption. The members of the Class of 2021 lost so much of what they had built towards in their first 2-3 years of competition when the pandemic hit, but still clearly left their mark on CMS Athletics.
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The CMS Women's Cross Country Class of 2021 helped maintain an incredibly high standard for the program during their three years, and even took it a little higher.
In all three of their seasons of cross country competition, the Athenas captured SCIAC Championships, extending their streak to 10 in a row and allowing them to sweep the entire decade of the 2010s with league titles. As part of the track and field program in the spring, they also won SCIAC titles in 2018 and 2019, extending the streak for the Athenas in that program to five straight, before the 2020 spring season was suspended their junior year.
However, they also helped CMS get back to the top of the NCAA West Region. The Athenas had been the runner-up in the West for three straight seasons from 2014-16, but the Class of 2021 came and helped the program win three straight regional titles during their three years.
The 13 members of the CMS Women's Cross Country Class of 2021 are as follows:
Samantha Baker (Windsor, Calif. - Scripps, English)
Baker ended up in the top 30 (28) out of 118 runners in the 2019 SCIAC Cross Country Championships with a time of 23:50.4. She was also a top-10 finisher in the 10000 meters in the SCIAC Track and Field championships in the spring of 2019 to score for the Athenas in their title season. She had six top-35 finishes in cross country over her last two seasons, with a high of 22nd at the 2018 Cougar Challenge. An English major at Scripps, she has earned SCIAC All-Academic Team honors, has volunteered with the Redwood Empire Food Bank and served as a full-time member of Americorps' Northwest Youth Corps in 2020, completing conservation projects.
Meghan Bobrowsky (Davis, Calif. - Scripps, History/Politics)
Borbrowsky was returning to the CMS cross country and track and field teams as a senior after studying abroad. In 2018, she qualified for the finals of the 1500 meters at the SCIAC Track and Field Championships, earning a tenth place finish with a time of 5:01.14, and had three top-10 finishes in the regular season in SCIAC Multi-Duals, while also contributing to a 4x800 relay win at the Rossi Relays. In cross country, she earned a 27th place finish out of over 100 competitors at the 2017 Championships. A SCIAC All-Academic team selection as a history/politics major at Scripps, she has served as an editor for The Student Life, and had internships with the Sacramento Bee and Miami Herald.
Natasha Crepeau (Missoula, Mont. - HMC, Mathematics)
Crepeau finished in the top half at the SCIAC Cross Country Championships as both a sophomore and junior. She ran a 5K at the Coyote Challenge in under 20 minutes, finishing in 19:37.5 as a junior and had a PR of 19:29.53 in the 5000 during track and field season at the 2019 Occidental Distance Carnival. A mathematics major at Harvey Mudd, she aspires to be a college professor one day and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Washington, with interests in graph theory and algebraic combinatorics. She spent the summer (2018) teaching at EXPLO in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and has also been involved at the Claremont Colleges with BLAM and the Pomona College Band.
Lara Cunningham (Old Chatham, N.Y. - Scripps)
Cunningham had just transferred in to Scripps and began to compete with the CMS track and field team in the spring of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and sidetracked her Athena career (although she plans to compete in the fall). She competed in two events for CMS, running in the 3000 at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet and then finishing in 10th place in the 40000 in a five-team SCIAC Multi-Dual. Prior to CMS, she attended Trinity College in Connecticut, where she was a member of the cross country team, finishing 33rd at the Trinity Bantam Invitational in 2018.
Olivia Gleason (Long Beach, Calif. - Scripps, Politics)
Gleason was a First-Team All-SCIAC and All-West Region selection as a junior in 2019, when she helped the Athenas sweep the SCIAC and NCAA West titles. She finished seventh at the conference championships in 22:40.2, and followed that up with a tenth place finish at the regionals. She was also a second-team All-SCIAC selection in 2017, when she finished 19th at the SCIAC Championships and finished in the top 30 in all six of her races. She also came in sixth in the 1500 during the SCIAC Track and Field Championships. A SCIAC All-Academic Team selection as a politics major at Scripps, she served as an intern for Councilwoman Suzie Price in her hometown of Long Beach and was worked as a career consultant on campus.
Sarah Halvorsen (Houston, Texas - Harvey Mudd, Mathematical and Computational Biology)
Halvorsen has competed in the SCIAC Championships in all three of her seasons, earning 50th place out of 118 as a sophomore in 2018. She added a 16th place finish in the 1500 at the SCIAC Track and Field Championships in 2019 and had two top-10 finishes in regular season SCIAC Multi-Duals, coming in eighth in the 1500 and eighth in the 5000. A mathematical and computational biology major at Harvey Mudd, she is looking to pursue opportunities as a lab technician and/or data scientist.
Delaney Hartmann (Portland, Ore. - Scripps, Biology and Cognitive Science)
Hartmann finished in the top half of the most recent SCIAC Cross Country Championship, coming in 51st out of 118. As a first-year, she came in 15th at the Biola Invitational in her collegiate debut, and had a strong showing at the 2018 SCIAC Track and Field Championships, coming in fifth place in the 10000 meters to contribute four points to the team's championship-winning total. A SCIAC All-Academic Team selection as a biology and cognitive major at Scripps, Hartmann has spent this past gap year as a maternal and child health ambassador for Birthing Project USA.
Abigail Johnson (Bellingham, Wash. - Scripps, Legal Studies)
Johnson earned first-team All-SCIAC and USTFCCCA All-West Region honors all three years while competing in cross country for the Athenas. She has a high finish of fourth at the SCIAC Championships as a sophomore, while also adding top-10s in eighth as a first-year and as a junior. In track and field season, she captured the league championship in the 1500 with a time of 4:39.81 in 2019, and scored in the 5000 (fifth) and 800 (sixth) to provide 17 points to the Athenas (who won by just three). A legal studies major at Scripps, Johnson has earned SCIAC All-Academic Team honors, served as an immigration casework intern, and spend the spring semester in 2020 studying human rights in Argentina.
Dulcie Jones (Lake Oswego, Ore. - Scripps, Biology)
Jones has earned USTFCCCA All-West Region honors all three seasons for the cross country team, and has won first-team All-SCIAC honors as a junior and sophomore, after second-team honors as a sophomore. She finished eighth at SCIACs as a sophomore and tenth as a junior, and has been in the top 15 at the West Regionals the last two seasons as well. She added a sixth-place finish in the 10000 meters at the SCIAC Track and Field Championships in the spring of 2019, providing three points to the Athenas, who edged Redlands 150-147. A biology major at Scripps, she has been a research assistant at the Keck Science Department, and has earned SCIAC All-Academic team honors.
Sophie Liles (Plano, Texas - Scripps, Psychology/Anthropolgy)
Liles came in 41st place at the 2018 SCIAC Cross Country Championships (out of 118) after earning two top-30 finishes in the regular season at the Cougar Challenge and the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. She reached the finals of the 1500 meters at the SCIAC Track and Field Championships both seasons she competed, finishing 12th as a sophomore and 11th as a first-year. A psychology and anthropology dual major at Scripps, she has been a SCIAC All-Academic team honoree every year, and has spent the last year as a contract tracer with the Indiana State Department of Health. She has also served as a research assistant in the the neuropsychology of Decision-Making lab in Claremont.
Jackie McVay (Bainbridge Island, Wash. - Scripps, Molecular Biology)
McVay was a second-team All-SCIAC selection in cross country as a sophomore, when she had a strong showing with a 19th place finish (of 118) in a time of 24:43.8. She also had top 20 finishes at the Cougar Challenge (15th) and Pomona-Pitzer Invitational (19th) as a sophomore and came in the top 25 as a junior at both the UC San Diego Triton Classic (23rd) and the Coyote Challenge (24th). She scored in the 2018 SCIAC Track and Field Championships as well, finishing sixth in the steeplechase. A molecular biology major at Scripps, she is a SCIAC All-Academic selection, a Keck Science researcher, and plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience, neurobiology, or developmental biology.
Jessica Torrey (Pacific Palisades, Calif. - HMC, Engineering)
Torrey has competed for three seasons in cross country for the Athenas, while also competing on the track and field team as a first-year. She came in 15th place in the 5000 at a five-team SCIAC Multi-Dual in 2018 as a first-year, and added a 16th place finish in the 5000 at home in a second Multi-Dual. An engineering major at Harvey Mudd, she has earned SCIAC All-Academic team honors despite the rigorous courseload and has also pursued a BA in music while at Mudd, studying music history, theory and composition.
Theresa Versen (Minnetonka, Minn. - CMC, Economics)
Versen competed for two seasons with CMS before spending the Fall 2019 semester abroad and competing in three track and field meets in the spring. She had a strong showing at the SCIAC Championships as a sophomore, finishing 40th out of 118 competitors, and added top-50 finishes in the Biola Invitational (46) and Cougar Challenge (32). She came in ninth place at the SCIAC Track and Field Championships in the spring, breaking the five-minute mark with a time of 4:58.81. An economics major at Claremont McKenna, she is a SCIAC All-Academic Team selection and has worked as a product analyst intern with StateBook International.