Cross Country at Atlantic Regional Championships

Men’s team established a program-first by competing
Release Date:
November 16, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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LETCHWORTH, NY – The 2009 NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships were held on November 14 at Letchworth State Park. The event drew 42 teams who competed in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Of the 38 complete teams running, SUNY Cortland was the team champion on the men’s side with 49 points; the individual winner of the men’s 8K race was the 2008 National Division III champion from Hamilton College. Senior Peter Kosgei finished in a time of 24:40.6 with a 4:58 mile pace. In the women’s division, of the 33 teams running, St. Lawrence was the team champion with 43 points. The individual 6K race winner was junior Wendy Pavlus from St. Lawrence University with a time of 21:22.0, averaging 5:44 mile pace.

The combination of sophomore Paul Coleman (Buffalo, NY/Cardinal O’Hara), freshman Robert Minkel (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg), freshman Jeff Gauthier (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon-St. Jude), freshman Aaron Lawrence (Fishkill, NY/Fishkill, Erie Community College), and freshman Pat Lagueras (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) qualified Hilbert College with a complete team. This is the first time in Hilbert’s Division III program history that a complete team of runners competed post-season in a regional championship race. The Hawks team finished in 38th place with individual times of:  Minkel (#226) 30:17.9; Lagueras (#252) 37:50.3; Lawrence (#253) 37:50.4; Gauthier (#254) 44:34.0; Coleman (#255) 47:43.4.
Sophomore Amanda Trickey (Clifton Springs, NY/Canandaigua) was the lone Hilbert female competing in the regional championship; this 6K race was her second run of the year after returning to action from stress fracture in her foot. Her only other race was the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) 6K championship on October 31 with a finishing time of 34:43. Trickey finished the Atlantic Regional race (#221) with an improved time of 29:28.8. 
Coach Jerry Mangan was very pleased with his team’s individual efforts all year. “Having an opportunity like this Regional race for our athletes to continue their season with was just great. Our men’s team did a fantastic job this year, and I love how they pushed themselves every day in practice. For Amanda to drop her time by 5 minutes in two weeks is just incredible. I am very proud of all the athletes this year.”
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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.