Hawks Cross Country Sweeps Bradford
HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College and Pitt-Bradford battled Thursday afternoon in a head-to-head cross country race hosted by Hilbert College. The Hawks outpaced the Panthers to take both the men’s and women’s titles.
With all competitors racing in the same 4:15 pm start, the 5K course, which is a combination of grass and wooded trails, was active. The Hilbert women’s team swept four of the top five spots for a 17 point score and the Hawk men grabbed 2 through 5 and picked up again with 8 through 11 to tally a 22 score. Even on a breezy day which impacted speed, almost every single Hawk runner set personal best times, some slicing almost two minutes off their time since the start of the season.
Bradford put together a 44 team score on the women’s side and a 39 on the men’s.
Bradford’s Cody Shock was the overall 1st place finisher at 18:14.6 and following right behind him was Hilbert’s Nicholas Bentivegna (18:22.4). Kylie Reinholz was the first woman to cross and the third overall in a personal best time of 20:11.4.
The Hilbert women’s team claimed their first head to head win with Pagie Chatt (22:42.7) and Jennifer Cheatom (23:00.3) grabbing 2nd and 3rd place. Samantha Bugenhagen (24:39.6) and Tara Jones (24:41.1) completed the Hawks scoring in 5th and 6th place. Also racing for the Hawks were Paige Goerke (28:10.3); Kelly Mergenhagen (29:47.9) and Ashley Kurucz (31:24.8) who ran in her second race of the season.
The men’s team certainly enjoyed themselves as they covered the course today. Besides Bentivenga’s strong finish, Bill Moleins (20:26.2) and Emerson Miller (20:29.2) kept each other company finishing in third and fourth place respectively. Chase Harmon kept his lead over a Bradford runner in 21:21.2 to take fifth place scoring for the Hawks.
Nathaniel Hyman (21:58.6) ran well as did Austin Good (22:23.3). John Sodowski (23:14.6) kept one step ahead of Grant Stockman (23:24.3) while Malik Talbert paced the course with Brandan Deady and finished just ahead of him (24:47.8 vs 24:48.8). Dave Santana covered the trail in 27:29.5.
Both the men’s and women’s team have the weekend off so they can rest and recover. Their next competition is October 18th at the CCOC hosted by William Smith College and held at Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva. This race is comprised of a field of competitors who attend institutions who do not offer track and field in the spring: Cross Country Only Competition.
The Hawks then close out their 2014 season at the AMCC Championships (November 1) hosted by Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
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