Youth movement to lead men’s XC team

07 season preview
Release Date:
September 11, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Hilbert College coach Mick Kuberka welcomes a host of newcomers to the men’s cross country team as he begins his third season as head coach. Freshmen dominate the Hawks’ roster, and Kuberka hopes that the fresh faces will energize the team and allow them to make up for a lack of experience. Each newcomer will play an important part if the Hawks are to make any noise in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) competition.

West Seneca natives Brian Boisen (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Daniel Walsh (West Seneca, NY/St. Francis) are among the freshmen who will have an immediate opportunity to contribute. Roger Pryor (Buffalo, NY/Bennett) will also look to make in splash in his first season of collegiate competition. Pryor was a two-sport athlete at nearby Bennett High School, competing in cross country as well as football. Christopher Spence (Middletown, NY/ Middletown) has a background in track and field that will hopefully translate to success this fall.

“I’m very excited about the group of freshmen we have. I think they have the potential to surprise a lot of people,” Kuberka commented.

Hilbert opens the season at the Penn State-Behrend Invitational on September 15, the first of six meets before the AMCC Championships. The Hawks will host the 2007 championship meet on October 27 at Frontier High School.

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.