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Morrisville State hunt seat third at Hartwick, seven advance to regional championships

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College hunt seat equestrian team placed third overall Saturday at the Hartwick IHSA show in Oneonta, recording 32 team points. Skidmore won the show with 43 points.

Brittany Smith (Orchard Park, NY) qualified for the regional championships later this month, placing first in the novice equitation over fences class.

Other top finishers for the Mustangs were: Emma Monte (East Rochester, NY) first in novice equitation over fences and second in novice equitation on the flat; Brianne Elias (Baldwinsville, NY) second in open equitation over fences; Ashley Bliss (Walworth, NY) second in the novice equitation on the flat class; Renee Petruzzelli (Toms Rover, NJ) and Allison Soukup (Pine Bush, NY) first in the advanced walk trot canter class; and Karli Wimmer (Brackney, PA) first in the beginner walk trot canter class.

Seven Mustang riders qualified for the regional championships in the following classes:
• Open equitation over fences: Ashley Yardley (Mexico, NY)
• Novice equitation over fences: Cassie DeVoe (Owasco, NY) and Brittany Smith
• Novice equitation on the flat: Aileen Couture (Ithaca, NY) and Brittany Smith
• Walk trot canter: Abbey Wilcox (Clifton Park, NY) and Amanda Niemann (Youngsville, NY)
• Walk trot: Kim Palmer (Whitehall, NY)

Skidmore College hosts the regional championships on Saturday, March 28 starting at 9 a.m. in Saratoga Springs.

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.