Here comes the Hilbert Hawks Cross Country teams.
The men and women’s teams conclude their season this Saturday, when the Hawks look to place well at Penn-State Behrend for the Allegany Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship.
Head Coach Bob Krug said he expects both his men and women’s team to finish strong. He had some input for both teams.
“The weather this weekend may be rough, so it will be more about placing than time,” Krug said. “I was hoping for a top 4 placing. That is still my goal for Saturday, and I am confident in it”.
The Hawks are coming off a strong performance at their last meet
Hilbert men’s cross country team completed with 130 points to finish 4th out of 6 teams in the 8 kilometers event. Sophomore Matt Domagala ran the 8 kilometer distance in 31:22.8 to lead the Hawks.
Following in the close pack behind was Adam Connelly (32:53.3), Logan Yotter (33:22.8), Brendan Wheeler (33:58.3), Kody Harrison (34:26.7), for Hilbert. Ben Rinehart (36:20.6) and Matthew Wargo (40:07.5) rounded out the scoring for the Hawks.
Clarkson took home the championship for both the men’s and women’s teams.. Following the men’s results was 2nd place Hobart, 3rd place Morrisville State, 4th place Hilbert, 5th place D’Youville, and 6th place Medaille. The women’s results were William Smith for 2nd, Elmira 3rd, Morrisville State 4th, D’Youville 5th, and Medaille 6th. The Hawks were incomplete with only three runners finishing.
Kristine Twoguns lead the Hawks with a 28:08.8 in the 6 kilometer race and finished 24th overall. Abigail Dent came next for the Hawks and finished 49th overall, with a time of 32:27.5. Rosita Waltz-Reiber reduced her time this year and ran 35:01.0. She was also named Hawk of the Week.
Krug had said he has been pleased with the direction his teams have been headed all season..
“I wanted to see a steady decrease in times throughout the year, but I keyed on CCOC’S as the high point of the year given teams to run better against,” Krug said. “I hoped to have new PR’s for better times, and I was right.”