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Cross Country returns to Morrisville State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.­ – The Morrisville State College athletic department announced the return of men’s and women’s cross country to its intercollegiate athletic offerings for the fall 2008 season.

“We are pleased to have cross country returning to our intercollegiate athletic program,” said Greg Carroll, Director of Athletics at Morrisville State. “We had tremendous success at the junior college level and are confident we can build a competitive program at the NCAA level as well.”

Reinstated following a two-year absence, the cross country program will enter its first year of competition as a provisional Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), competing within the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC).

Derek Powers returns to the Morrisville State athletic staff as head coach of both programs. In nine seasons of coaching at the NJCAA level, Power’s coached the men’s and women’s teams to several NJCAA championship meet appearances.

“With moving the intercollegiate program to the NCAA we are finding more high school students from the Central New York area are choosing Morrisville State College for its academic and athletic opportunities. There are excellent high school cross country programs throughout the area and we look forward to recruiting those student-athletes to our rosters.”

Morrisville State is currently in its third year as a provisional member of the NCAA, Division III. 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 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with eight new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; journalism and communication for online media, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

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.