Hawktoberfest 2010: A College Athletic Celebration

Photo by Katie Henry
Photo by Katie Henry

The St. Mary’s Hawktoberfest, held last Friday through Sunday alongside the College’s Family Weekend, saw a host of activities to commemorate the past, present, and future athleticism of St. Mary’s.

While last week’s intense rainstorms postponed the 2nd Annual SMCM Hawktober Festival Golf Tournament (initially scheduled for Oct. 1) until Oct. 29, the Alumni games were in full swing during the weekend.

After the Petruccelli 5K Run on Friday, Saturday’s games included Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Field Hockey. Sunday concluded the festival with Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs Alumni matches and Women’s Soccer vs Christopher Newport University.

Students, faculty, parents, and community members came out to see players old and new go head-to-head for some friendly competition and, most importantly, reunion. The return of past athletes and their families shows how strongly the College’s students are tied to this campus, and how a degree is never really the end of College life.

The weekend’s events were hosted by the College’s Alumni Association, which functions to maintain connections between the College and its graduated students.

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