The Captains

Saline Cross Country has always benefited from the leadership of outstanding young women. Since the early 1990’s, our program has maintained a serious commitment to helping our athletes realize their potential to impact others. The result is a group unmatched in their commitment to doing what is right.

Becky Cantrell

Hello! My name is Becky Cantrell and I am honored to be a captain for the 2017 cross country team. I joined cross country in 7th grade and loved it more and more as each year passed. Saline Cross Country is a very warming place full of joy, friendships, traditions, wonderful coaches and more. My life would be 100% different if I did not join cross country because I would not have been introduced to many of the things I love. In addition to running cross country and track, I am involved with NHS, Girl Scouts, Key Club, Student Council, and the Saline Marching Band. I am very grateful to be a part of this program, and I cannot wait to work with all of you in the upcoming year to make your experience as great as mine has been.



Ellie Beekman

Hi my name is Ellie Beekman and I’m super excited to be representing Saline Cross Country in the coming season. A little bit about me… I danced in a competitive dance company through my freshman year of high school when I found my “family” in running. I run hurdles and some sprints in the spring for track in addition to cross country. In school, I’m involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Ultimate Frisbee, and I play the bass drum in the Marching Band.


Katie Clark

Hello! My name is Katie Clark and I’m very excited to be a Saline Cross Country captain for the 2017 season. Prior to cross country I played travel soccer in grade school and middle school.  My friend Emily Reyst, who was a Saline cross country captain at the time, encouraged me to join the cross country team in 8th grade. I was bit hesitant to leave a sport I had played for so long, but I gave it try.  After my first 8th grade race I knew I wanted to be a part of the Saline Cross Country sisterhood.  I’ve made lifelong friendships since joining the team and have met many amazing people in the cross country community.  Cross country has taught me the importance of setting goals, how to rebound from failures, how to put a group’s interests ahead of my own and how to dream big.  When I’m not running, I spend my free time participating in Key Club, Student Council, NHS, BPA, Link Crew, Chamber Orchestra and Redefine 9. I also referee travel soccer games and teach private violin lessons. As a captain I want everyone to feel as welcomed as I did when I joined four years ago. I want to grow with my team and teach them values and skills they can continue to pass on to future team members.

Jessi Larson

Hello! My name is Jessi Larson and I am super excited to be one of the cross country captains for the upcoming 2017 Cross Country season. I started running in 7th grade and have loved it ever since. Cross Country has made a huge impact on my life. I have loved the sisterhood of Saline Cross Country and have made amazing relationships that will last a lifetime.  Upper class man have played such a role in my development as a runner and a person and I am so excited to be able to helps others and pass on what I have learned. Outside of running, I swim and do triathlons. I am also involved with NHS, Key Club, and Interact Club. I am so excited to share this upcoming cross country season with you.



Lauren Charney

My name is Lauren Charney and I am so excited to be a Saline Women’s Cross Country captain for the 2017 season! When I was little my parents put me in almost every sport imaginable, from softball to basketball to dance, but I never fell in love with any of those sports. Then in 5th grade my mom signed me up for cross country. Since my first day of practice, I knew this is what I would be doing for the rest of my life. With each stride, running helps make the stress of life melt away. Without the help of the previous captains, teammates, and coaches I would have never become the person I am today. As captain, I will strive to be a sister and friend to all girls on the Saline Women’s cross country team. I want to keep the cross country team the happy, safe, and fun place it is known to be. Besides cross country, I am the president of the class of 2018, secretary for National Art Honors Society, and a member of National Honors Society. I am looking forward to another wonderful season in 2017!

Abby Wilson

Hi my name is Abby Wilson and I am so excited to be a captain for the Saline Cross Country team in the upcoming season! I started running way back in 5th grade for the Heritage CC team, and have been a part of Saline cross country ever since. Growing up, I played many sports other than cross country, but none of them ever felt the same. My two older brothers encouraged me to join the cross country team, little did I know I wasn’t joining a team, but a family. Cross Country has help shaped my life, and I don’t know what I would do without it. I look forward to running with my closest friends everyday, and am so incredibly excited to help continue the sisterhood traditions throughout next year. Outside of cross country I participate in track and indoor track as well as in many clubs like, interact, Student Council, and NHS. I can not wait for the season, and make it one to remember!

Carmen Parkinson

Hello, my name is Carmen Parkinson and I am so excited to be a cross country captain this upcoming season! I have been running cross country since 9th grade. I was hesitant to start running in High School because I had never run before, but it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I was so honored to be chosen as a captain this year by the kindest and most dedicated team of girls I have ever seen. Outside of cross country I am in choir through the High School and am a director of the school’s all-girls acapella group. I am also in Student Council and NHS. As a captain I will make every girl feel welcome on the team so that they can learn to love cross country as much as I do.