Women's Track and Field Roster

Lily Engebretson

Year So.
Event Distance
Hometown White Bear Lake, Minn.
High School Mahtomedi

Year at Gustavus: Junior
What events are you in? Are you in both cross country and track and field?: Cross Country (6K) and Distance Track (3K, 5K).
Where did you go to high school? Mahtomedi High School
Where is your hometown?: White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Tell me about your family (siblings, are any of your family members current/previous Gusties?): I have a twin sister, Addie, who goes to Macalester, an older brother, Michael, and my parents, Julie and Scott. No one went to Gustavus before me.
Tell me about your experiences so far at Gustavus: Gustavus has become my home away from home. I have wonderful roommates, teammates that support me. I have lots of extra curriculars that I am passionate about, and have created friendships that will last a lifetime.
What volunteering or community service have you done in and/or out of college?: I am the student ambassador of the Lake Links Trail, a pedestrian trail being built around White Bear Lake, starting senior year of high school. I have sang in the St. Mary's of the Lake choir for holidays the past seven years. I have been an assistant Nordic ski coach the past 3 years throughout the winter for Mahtomedi High School.
What other extracurricular activities, clubs, or organizations are you a part of?: I am an Environmental Studies and CALT English Education Teaching Major. I am on the Leadership Board of the Environmental Action Coalition (EAC), a student worker at the Linnaeus Arboretum, and a Sustainability Intern with the Johnson Center of Innovation. I am a part of Chapel Choir, am a Gustie Greeter, and also a member of the Sauna Society.
How have these activities changed your time at Gustavus? These activities have allowed me to pursue my passions, such as working in environmental education, working toward environmental sustainability and justice, and being a mentor. They have given me a support system among a motivating community, and pushed me to seek out new connections and perspectives frequently.
Have you been a part of any movements that work for social justice or change? What are you passionate about?: I was a member of the Gustavus Groundswell, a movement of environmental stewardship and accountability for the college in Spring 2019. I was also an organizing member of the climate rally for Youth Global Climate Strike Day in Feb 2020. Currently, EAC is planning a fundraising campaign to Stop Line 3, a tar sands oil pipeline being built in Northern MN.
Newspaper: If you would like press releases involving you sent to any hometown newspapers, please list them here: White Bear Press.
Tell me about any high school athletic and academic achievements or awards that you have earned: Triple A (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Award senior year, 2018. Prep Elite Award, senior year, 2018. Varsity Athlete all four years in XC. Varsity Athlete in Track one year. Varsity Athlete Nordic Skiing three years.
Tell me about your college academic and athletic achievements that you have earned . (Captain, All-American, all-conference, academic all-conference, etc, and include year): I was on the St. Lucia Court in December, 2019. I also received a Varsity Award XC in fall 2019.
Why did you choose Gustavus?: I chose Gustavus because of the community. Brendan Huber recruited me for running, so that made me feel welcome and valued. The Arboretum provided me a feeling of belonging, as well.
In your opinion what makes the Gustavus cross country/track and field programs different from other colleges?: Our cross country and track teams focus on team spirit and support more than any other team. With our strong team comradery, we can accomplish so much more than as individuals.