Women’s cross country team experienced

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

07 season preview

HAMBURG, NY - The 2007 Hilbert College women’s cross country team will have youth on its side as it looks to improve upon its 8th place finish at last year’s AMCC Championships. Coach Mick Kuberka welcomes three freshmen to the team in this his third season in charge. Former Hilbert harrier Sue Devlin joins the coaching staff after a prosperous career the past two falls.

Sophomore Amanda Phillips (Cheektowaga, NY/Cleveland Hill) is the Hawks top returning runner. She placed 25th at the AMCC Championship meet last October and was the first to cross the line for the Hawks. Phillips came in first for Hilbert in three additional races in 2006 and will aim to maintain her top spot in 2007.

Sophomore Jessica Tinker (Linwood, NY/York) joined the team late in 2006 and is happy to be back this year. She has improved and should be a surprise contributor to give the women’s team a solid one-two punch.

Among the new faces, Meghan Sorbera (Burlington Flats, NY/Edmeston) was an All-League selection for Edmeston in 2005 and will look to make a splash right away.

Coach Kuberka remarks, “I’m looking forward to seeing Phillips’ progress this year and how Sorbera will compete. I think we have a talented group.”

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 play host to 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.