Gropp and Stumbo Honored at Banquet

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 1st, 2006


By Kevin Kihlstrom
Sports Information Intern

Anna Gropp, Westmont Women’s soccer standout, and Anna Stumbo, Westmont Women’s Cross Country sensation were honored at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame Banquet. They were honored as college division athletes of the year for their respective sports.

Anna Gropp, a junior for the Westmont midfield has been very important for the team and will be serving as a captain next year. Coach Rebecca Mouw said, “She is a very strong leader on and off the field.” While playing she is very vocal which is a great attribute for a person playing center midfield. Mouw added, “She does a good job holding her teammates accountable to work hard in everything they are doing.”

In this last year, Gropp was named to the All-GSAC team and received All-American honorable mention. She notched three goals, nine assists and a total of 15 points. In her career at Westmont, Gropp has had 12 goals, 15 assists and a total of 39 points. This year she helped lead the team to a final four appearance in the national championships. She was also a part of the 2003 Warrior squad that took the national championships in a seven overtime thriller.

As an athlete, Gropp is never satisfied and always feels she can learn more. Mouw said about her, “She has a great spirit about her — always wanting to get better. As a coach that’s an ideal athlete. She has the ability to take what you say and apply it on the field, and that’s something that you cannot teach.”

Stumbo, a sophomore, has been named an All-American both years she has competed in the NAIA national cross-country meet. She also was named all American for the indoor and outdoor track and field competition running in the 3,000 meter and the 10,000 meter respectively.

This year, Stumbo placed first in her first two competitions running an 18:40 (3 Mile) at Cal Lutheran and a 18:51 (5 K) defending her home turf at the Westmont Invitational. She also finished twenty-second (15:03, 4 K) at the Stanford Invitational, second (18:34, 5K) at the Vanguard Invitational, and third (18:30.9, 5K) at the GSAC championships.

When asked about Stumbo, Russell Smelly, the cross country and track and field coach said, “Anna is an anxious, humble competitor. She loves to run. She doesn’t know how to do anything except to do it well.” He also said she is “selfless and caring of others. When the gun goes off, she will race, but it would be fine with her if no one noticed.” She has two more years to run for Westmont and if she continues her success she could prove to be one of Westmont’s best athletes.