Community Service Honors

Gillian Mortimer and Caleb Van Geffen earn SEC recognition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Caleb Van Geffen of the Vanderbilt men’s cross country team and senior Gillian Mortimer of the women’s cross country and track and field teams were honored as SEC Community Service team members by the conference office on Friday.

Van Geffen, who is a two-time SEC Fall Honor Roll honoree and served as 2020-21 Vanderbilt SAAC President, volunteered at Dancing Dores which raises money for Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and helped sponsor a team Miracle Child. On the course, he scored at all five meets this season for the Commodores and finished among the top three on the team at each.

Mortimer is a two-time academic SEC honor roll recipient and two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. She also volunteered at Vanderbilt’s Dancing Dores to benefit those at the local children’s hospital, which included sponsoring a Miracle Child as an honorary member of the women’s cross country and track and field teams. Mortimer scored at all four cross country meets and was second on the team at the SEC Championships, and also posted two all-time top 10 performances on the track (indoor 5,000 and outdoor 3,000).

The conference names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his or her community through superior service efforts.