College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Varsity Cross Country


The cross country team is off and running! We have a large team this fall, and a great mix of experienced and first time runners. “Preseason was a great bonding time for the team. The difficult practices made us grow closer and gave us a little bit more confidence about our running abilities going into the season” says co-captain Shifra Eskin ‘20. The girls have endured some traditional team workouts, such as 800m repeats, and the hills on Wednesdays. While these workouts sound grueling the girls have embraced the workouts and even look forward to them. Victoria Velasco ‘19, co-captain said, “Hill day on Wednesday’s!! It really helps bond us as a team. We push each other to sprint at the top of the hill, helping us make the hills ‘our friends.’” This season the team is being lead by sophomores Natalie DeSarbo, and Lusya Engen. Both girls are looking to make their mark amongst the mostly junior class team. The coaches are looking forward to watching the team’s only freshman, Robin Hess’ development as a runner. Co-captain Talia Szalay ‘20, had this to say about the team overall, “The constant energy and encouragement among my teammates serves as a sanctuary from daily stresses and pushes everyone to run their hardest… The team has taken it upon themselves to ensure everyone’s success.” The team is confident and strong that they will continue to improve their race times. Coaches Braun and Henderson are looking forward watching the girls develop their talents and performances on the challenging courses ahead.


Team Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score
Varsity Cross Country vs.
Landon School
Varsity Cross Country vs.
Sandy Springs Friends School
Away 3rd Place - See results
Varsity Cross Country
Landon Invite
Away See recap
Varsity Cross Country
Mountain Run @ Woodsboro Park, MD
Varsity Cross Country
Crossfire Invitational @ Liberty HS, MD
Varsity Cross Country
Keyser Invitational @Boonsboro HS, MD
Away Other See recap
Varsity Cross Country
ISL Championship @ Derwood Agricultural Center
Away 4th Place
Varsity Cross Country
MoCo Private School Champs @ Covenant Life School 7503 Muncaster Mill Rd. Gaithersburg Md 20877
Away 2nd Place - see recap
Varsity Cross Country
MD Private School Champs @ McDaniel College
Away See recap



Name Class
Natalie DeSarbo 2021
Lusya Engen 2021
Shifra Eskin 2020
Emily Ewing 2020
Annie Gorman 2019
Belinda Gorsuch 2020
Robin Hess 2022
Esther Kim 2021
Ema Nakayama 2021
Irene Qi 2021
Klara Schmidt 2020
Pascale Schmidt 2020
Maya Sood 2021
Talia Szalay 2020
Erin Thomas 2020
Victoria Velasco 2019
Wendy Wang 2021


Head Coach:
Carrie Braun

Assistant Coach: Toni Henderson


Past Awards


2017 Montgomery County Private School Champions

2017 Team Awards
Most Valuable Runner: Kristen Bitsberger ‘18 & Shifra Eskin ‘20
Most Improved Runner: Lusya Engen ‘21
Coaches Award: Maggie Davis '18

ISL Recognition
Kristen Bitsberger ‘18
Shifra Eskin ‘20

All-County Recognition
Kristen Bitsberger ‘18
Shifra Eskin ‘20
Lusya Engen ‘21
Natalie DeSarbo ‘21
Elizabeth Marsh ‘18

All State Honors
Kristen Bitsberger ‘18
Shifra Eskin ‘20
Lusya Engen ‘21
Natalie DeSarbo ‘21


2016 Team Awards

Most Valuable Runner: Shifra Eskin ‘20
Coaches Award: Maggie Davis ‘18
Most Improved Runner: Emily Ewing ‘20

All County Honors
Kristen Bitsburger ’18
Olivia Daneker ’17
Maggie Davis ’18
Shifra Eskin ’20
Natalia Szalay ‘20


2015 Team Awards
Most Valuable Runner- Reilly Anderson ‘16
Coaches Award: Shut Up Legs Award - Caroline McDonald ‘16
Most Improved Runner - Maggie Davis ‘18

ISL Honors:
Kristen Bitsberger ‘18


2014 Team Awards
Most Valuable Runner- Reilly Anderson ‘16
Shut Up Legs Award - Hannah Maydanik ‘16
Most Improved Runner - Anna Haskin ‘17