2011 Women's Cross Country Season Review

Release Date:
November 1, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Season Results/Recap

2011 Season Review: Under the direction of first year Hilbert coach, the women’s cross country team showed signs of promise and a solid base for the future teams to come. Although a few of the harriers may have changed from race to race, Geoff Brunger designed workouts to prepare his runners for the 5K and 6K races they participated in weekly. With only one returning runner on the squad, Coach Brunger put together a group of athletes to compete weekly before they reached the AMCC Championship race held at Beaver Island State Park (Grand Island, NY). The 2011 season ended with the women’s cross country team finishing in ninth place October 29. 
Freshman Maria Linares (Buffalo, NY/Lackawanna) was the team’s most dependable runner all season. The rookie led the Hawks each race and earned her first place finish at the Hilbert Invitational October 20. Her best 5K time (24:01) was at the Behrend Invitational. She chopped three minutes off her 6K time running a 28:35 at the AMCC championship race at the end of the season. She earned a 20th place finish in the 10-team race dominated primarily by Franciscan and Penn State Behrend.  
Freshman Kiara Hilario (New York, NY/New Heights Academy Charter), junior Stephanie Smith (Waterloo, NY/Waterloo) and senior Jillian Cohen (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) came on strong at the end of the season for the Hawks. Hilario dropped eleven minutes off her first 6K race on October 8th to the AMCC championship final meet. Smith struggled with a hip injury all season, but ran for the Hawks when she was able. Cohen raced with the squad late in October giving the team numbers when they needed them most. 
Jackie Downey (Boston, NY/Immaculata Academy) began races in October and became the team’s consistent number two finisher. 
Multiple times during the season, the other Hilbert women’s sports team’s athletes dressed and ran with the cross country team. The sixteen Hawks used this opportunity to improve their conditioning for their upcoming winter and spring seasons and their contribution was invaluable to the athletics program.
Coaches Brunger and Devlin are looking forward to advancing the women’s cross country team with their first recruiting class in 2012. Blending the returning runners with an incoming class of dedicated athletes, the Hawks look to build a successful program with expectations of finishing as one of the top teams in the AMCC.

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.