Williams Finishes First For Hawks at PS Behrend

Release Date:
September 17, 2011
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ERIE, PA – Sophomore Matthew Williams was the lead-runner for the Hilbert College men’s cross country team this weekend when the Hawks traveled to The Penn State Behrend Invitational on September 17. Buffalo State won the men’s championship in the 14-team race, with a combined score of 42. The Hilbert men’s team finished in 14th place at the invitational race. The women of Penn State Behrend won their own invitational, with an overall score of 45. The Hilbert women were again listed as ‘Incomplete’, having less than five female runners compete.
Buffalo State’s top five male runners finished between first and 15th place. Buffalo State also possessed the winner of the invitational, freshman Arturo Salas, who clocked in 26:21 for the 8K race. For the Hawks, in addition to Williams (34:34), Hilbert had eight other men finish the race: Matthew Hunt (36:19), Aaron Lawrence (36:42), Patrick Lagueras (38:00), Lenny Messina (38:16), John Sadowski (39:05), Andrew Niedzielski (44:45), Paul Coleman (55:33), and Paul Crane (55:35).
Catie Bertges from Penn State Behrend was the top runner on the women’s end, finishing the 5K race in 18:40. Penn State Behrend’s top five runners all placed in the top 20, followed closely by Gannon University who came in second overall. Hilbert’s Maria Linares finished her second collegiate race with a time of 24:01. Linares shaved three minutes off her 5K time from her last race, which was held just last weekend.
The Hawks compete next in the Harry F. Anderson Invitational, hosted by Roberts Wesleyan College on September 24. 

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.