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Morrisville State College western team heading to national championships

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The Morrisville State College western equestrian team finished third overall at the Semi-Final IHSA Championship Show this weekend in Findlay, Ohio and will be heading to the national finals, sending the show team and five additional riders to Springfield, Massachusetts, May 3rd through 6th.

The University of Findlay was show champion with 40 points, followed by Saint Mary of the Woods College and Morrisville State College with 22 team points. Saint Mary of the Woods won the open horsemanship class, taking the deciding vote for the reserve champion team over the Mustangs.

Individual placings for the show were: Amanda Corcoran, second in intermediate horsemanship; Madison Cassidy, third in intermediate horsemanship; Corey Hayes, third in individual walk trot – beginner; Ethan Mancil, sixth place in open horsemanship; Jeremy Mimitz, second in novice horsemanship; Charlie Goetz, sixth in advanced horsemanship; and Amber Tewell, third in advanced horsemanship.

Corcoran, Cassidy, Hayes, Mimitz and Tewell each advance to the national championships in individual show classes.

In the team placings, Morrisville’s Corcoran placed third in novice horsemanship, Hayes third in intermediate horsemanship, Goetz, fourth in open horsemanship, Ashley Kelkenberg, fourth in advanced horsemanship, and Corey Oldroyd third in walk trot – beginner class.

All team riders advance with high point rider, Christina Ives, to the national championship show.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.