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Howland, Rogers named Morrisville State "Athletes of the Week"

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College Athletic Department has named freshman western equestrian team rider, Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) and senior western equestrian team rider, Jonathan Rogers (Nichols, NY) the Mustang “Athletes of the Week” for the week ending February 8, 2009.

Howland earned high point rider and reserve high point rider honors at two shows Saturday afternoon, following a first place finish in the reining and open western horsemanship classes in the morning and a second place finish in the same classes in the afternoon, while posting enough points to qualify for the Regional Championships in March for both events.

Howland contributed 24 total team points (14 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon show) to Morrisville State’s wins over Colgate and Cobleskill at the show, helping to keep the Mustangs undefeated in regional competition.

The equine science major is a graduate of Rutland High School and is the daughter of Cecile and Christopher Howland of Rutlandtown, VT.

Rogers assisted Morrisville State’s western team to high point team honors Saturday afternoon, placing first in the advanced western horsemanship class against seven other riders, earning seven team points in the win for the Mustangs.

In addition to serving as a pointed rider for the western team, Rogers also serves as a student coach, giving riding lessons to teammates, organizing workouts and serving as the show announcer when he isn’t competing. He has been a point rider for the western team this season, helping to keep the Mustangs undefeated in regional competition.

Rogers qualified for the regional championships scheduled in March for the advanced horsemanship class.

The equine science major is a graduate of Tioga High School and is the son of Deborah and Terry Rogers of Nichols, NY.

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.