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Morrisville State hunt seat equine team places third at Hartwick

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College hunt seat equestrian team tallied 32 team points, placing third overall at the Hartwick College show on Saturday.

Morrisville State’s Meghan Hathaway (Cortland, NY) and Erika Attoma (Hilton, NY) each placed first and second in their classes to lead the Mustangs in the finish. Hathaway qualified for the regional championships held later this season with a first place finish in the novice over fences class and second place finish in the novice on the flat class. Attoma also qualified for the regional championships, placing second in the novice on the flat while earning a first place showing in the novice over fences class.

Other top finishers for Morrisville State were Aileen Couture (Ithaca, NY) and Amanda Niemann (Youngsville, NY) with first place finishes in the advanced walk trot canter class.

Sarah Lowe (Central Islip, NY) finished second in the open equitation on the flat while teammate David Sookey (Adams, MA) finished second in the novice over fences class. Kim Palmer (Whitehall, NY) placed second in the walk trot class to round out the top finishes for Morrisville State.

Skidmore and Albany tied for the win with 35 points, Morrisville State was third with 32, while Cornell University and SUNY Cobleskill each tallied 31 points to round out the top five.

Morrisville State’s hunt seat team will return to the riding arena on November 11 at Cornell University.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

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.