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Hunt, Townsley lead Morrisville State cross country teams 4th and 2nd place finishes at NEAC Championship

ABINGTON, P.A.­ – Sophomore Amanda Hunt (Tunkhannock, P.A.) and seniorAustin Townsley (Horseheads, N.Y.) were top finishers for the Morrisville State College women’s and men’s cross country teams at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship held at Penn State Abington, Saturday October 27th.

Hunt finished 5th overall out of 87 runners with a time of 23:00 at the 5K Women’s NEAC Championship to lead the women’s team to a fourth place team finish. Celine Eppolito (North Collins, N.Y.) was the next Mustang to cross the finish line, placing 9th with a time of 23:54. Evelia Hehir (Washingtonville, N.Y.),Roxanne Bailey (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Cassie Dunbar (Verona, N.Y.)rounded out team scoring, finishing 16th, 38th and 39th respectively.

SUNY Cobleskill captured its fourth straight title with a team score of 34. Penn State Berks finished in second place with a team score of 49, while Wells College came in third with 81 points. The rest of the team finishes were as follows: Morrisville State College (4th, 107 points), Penn State Abington (5th, 156 points), Cazenovia (6th, 176 points), Keuka College (7th, 181 points), Gallaudet University (8th, 204 points), Lancaster Bible (9th, 220 points), Penn State Harrisburg (10th, 284 points), St. Elizabeth (11th, 287 points), SUNY IT (12th, 300 points).

Townsley led the men’s team to a second place finish overall, crossing in 3rdplace with a time of 29:36, recording the top finish in NEAC Championship history for Morrisville State. Ben Sargrad (Manlius, N.Y.) finished next for the Mustangs, crossing in 8th place with a time of 29:54. Anthony Ostuni (Liverpool, N.Y.), Shawn Okula (Medford, N.Y.) and Austin Hirsch (Morrisville, N.Y.)rounded out team scoring with 11th, 12th and 20th place finishes, respectively.

SUNY Cobleskill won its fourth title in five years with a team score of 52, while Morrisville State came in a close second, just two points behind, with a team score of 54. SUNY IT finished third with 70 team points. The rest of the team finishes were as follows: Penn State Berks (4th, 112 points), Wells College (5th, 156 points), Penn State Abington (6th, 164 points), Penn State Harrisburg (7th, 169 points), Gallaudet (8th, 196 points), Keuka College (9th, 216 points), Lancaster Bible (10th, 251 points).

Morrisville State College sets the world in motion for students. Curriculums are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Community Service Honor Roll. Visitwww.morrisville.edu to experience, Morrisville in motion.