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Morrisville State hunt seat reserve champion at Hartwick show

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The Morrisville State College hunt seat equestrian team recorded 38 show points Saturday morning at Hartwick College to earn show reserve co-champion honors.

Amanda Niemann (Youngsville, NY) placed first in the advanced walk trot canter class, qualifying for the regional championships later in the season. Kim Palmer (Whitehall, NY) placed second to qualify for the regionals in the walk trot canter class.

Ashley Yardley (Mexico, NY) and Cassie DeVoe (Owasco, NY) also captured individual wins on the day for the Mustangs, Yardley earning top honors in the open fences class and DeVoe in the novice fences class.

Grace Falconer (Port Washington, NY) placed second in the intermediate equitation on the flat and Brittany Smith (Orchard Park, NY) followed with a second in the novice equitation on the flat class.

Nicole Hallenback (Fonda, NY) added a second place finish in novice over fences while Abby Wilcox (Clifton Park, NY) secured second in the advanced walk trot canter class.

Skidmore took top honors in team scoring with 41 points, followed by Morrisville State and Cornell University with 38. Hartwick was fourth with 34 and Colgate fifth with 33 points.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena Saturday, November 9th at Cornell University.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.