2009 Men's Cross Country Recap

Release Date:
November 3, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

2009 Season Review - The Hilbert College men’s cross country team had a strong core group of runners this fall and their 5 completed meets prior to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) championships were exciting to be a part of. All the athletes on the men’s squad were focused on doing their best and bettering their individual times each Saturday. The men’s team finished 9th at the AMCC championships which was held at Penn State Behrend on October 31.

The only returning runner to the squad this fall was sophomore Paul Coleman (Buffalo, NY/Cardinal O’Hara). As the season progressed, Coleman’s times improved and he really began to enjoy the competition. Joining the veteran runner was a large group of first-year collegiate harriers. Leading the team this fall was an older athlete who picked up the love for competitive running late in his college career. Robert Minkel (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) finished first in every race that he ran for his team. Finishing second was freshman Jeff Gauthier (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon-St. Jude) and nipping at his heals for third was a combination of several third-year students: transfer Aaron Lawrence (Fishkill, NY/Fishkill, Erie Community College), junior Dan Wolfe (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) and RJ Sykora (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls).   These 3 runners were very dependable and great additions to the squad.
Rounding out the roster spots were freshman Adam Clabo (Tonawanda, NY/Niagara Wheatfield), freshman Anthony Blanz (Eden, NY/Eden), freshman Gary Gawera (Eden, NY/Eden) and sophomore Pat Lagueras (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney). These multi-sport athletes filled in when needed and they were very valuable to 1st year head coach Jerry Mangan and his squad. With one season under his belt, Mangan can now focus on recruiting a large squad of runners and establishing the cross country program at Hilbert College.  Season Recap notes.

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.