Hawk Harriers Ready For New Season

Release Date:
August 15, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

2006 Season Preview

HAMBURG, NY - The 2006 Hilbert College men’s cross country team welcomes back two members from its 2005 squad as the Hawks look to gain ground in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). Second-year head coach Mick Kuberka will look to prepare his harriers for the 2006 AMCC Championships held at Lake Erie College on October 28th.

Kuberka will look for continued progress from junior Matt Reale (Geneva, NY/DeSales) who showed improvement over the course of last season and should be even better in his second year of competition. Sophomore Dan Irizarry (Wayland, NY/ Wayland-Cohocton) is the Hawks top returning finisher from last year’s AMCC Championship meet and will benefit from a full season with the team. Newcomers to watch include Freshman Charles Ferguson (Akron, NY/Clarence) who will bring fresh enthusiasm to the Hawks and push the veterans to improve.

“Our men's team will have to work very hard and hopefully we will be able to surprise some people in our league”, commented Kuberka.

The Hawks open the season on Friday, September 8 with a dual meet at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (UPB). A rematch is scheduled for September 29 when the Panthers visit Hilbert along with local rivals Medaille College and D’Youville College. The 5K race is scheduled to take place at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY, which is the projected site for the 2007 AMCC Championships.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.