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Western equestrian team sends 11 to IHSA Western Semi-Finals; is high point team of Region

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – After earning high point team honors for the seventh time this season, Morrisville State had 11 riders place in the top two place finishes to advance to the IHSA Western Semi-Finals at West Texas A&M on March 29th.

Morrisville State was high point team in the Region and will compete against nine other teams in Texas, the top three advancing to the IHSA Nationals in May.

Morrisville State had five crowned regional champions and four reserve regional champion in six classes.

In reining, Todd Bednarek (Jamesville, NY) was the champion and Amber Tewell (Galoway, OH) the reserve champion. Tewell was regional champion in the open western horsemanship class, with Ashley Kelkenberg (Akron, NY) earning reserve champion honors.

Jacqueline Milka (Rochester, MA) was crowned the champion the advanced western horsemanship class while Jaclyn Belokopitsky (Gansevoort, NY) and Laurabeth Werner (Hamburg, PA) were champion and reserve champion in the novice western horsemanship class, respectively.

In the intermediate western horsemanship class, Corey Hayes (Canton, NY) was regional champion and Heather Drennan (Geneva, NY) reserve champion.

Riders Kelkenberg, Werner, Jonathan Rogers (Nichols, NY), Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) and Craig Smith (Ava, NY) will represent Morrisville State in the team competition.

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.