2009 Women'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 women’s cross country team completed another season in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) championships on October 31. The weekend races and the mid-week dual meets were all designed as warm-ups to the championship date at Penn State Behrend the last weekend in October. A new head coach blended the talents of a few new runners and paired them up with the returning veterans for a ninth place finish at the AMCC championships.

Senior Amanda Phillips (Cheektowaga, NY/Cleveland Hill) has been the top runner all season long for the women’s team. She and fellow ’10 graduate Amanda Trickey were supposed to push each other in every race this year, but a stress fracture to Trickey’s foot caused her to miss the bulk of the season. Trickey (Clifton Springs, NY/Canandaigua) returned to action just in time for the AMCC championship race at Penn State Behrend. Phillips, Trickey and senior Destyn Brown (Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) completed the 6K race together with Trickey crossing the finish line just ahead of Phillips and Brown. Brown shifted gears her last year at Hilbert so that she could prepare for graduate school - she decided to participate on the cross country team instead of the volleyball team and she was a great addition to the program. Sophomore Jill Cohen (Buffalo, NY/Kenmore West) completed the returning core of athletes. Cohen was honored during the season with the Megan Sorbera Memorial Award given to a female runner who exemplified the same spirit and love for running as the former Hawks runner did. Freshman Susanne Schofield (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda), freshman Devin Davis (Waterbury, CT/ Sacred Heart) and freshman Dontrell Young (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney), were other steady runners for the women’s team as they were using this fall season to improve their conditioning and prepare for the winter basketball season.
Additional team members who complemented the roster spots were freshman Ki’Anna Porter (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady), freshman Stephanie Smith (Waterloo, NY/Waterloo), freshman Unique Phillips (Charlotte, NC/Zebulon b. Vance), freshman Renee Butler (Syracuse, NY/Westhill), sophomore Samantha Tedesco (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park), junior Carole Jones (Bliss, NY/Letchworth) and senior Samantha Cevaer (Ransomville, NY/Wilson). These additional runners 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.