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Morrisville State western team completes season at IHSA National Championships

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team concluded its 2008-09 season Sunday afternoon at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championship Show in Murfeesboro, Tennessee.

Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) was top finisher for the Mustangs, placing sixth overall in the open western horsemanship class while earning a tenth place overall finish in open reining. Howland also tied for eighth in the reining class in the high point rider competition, placing 12th overall out of 22 riders in the pointed competition.

Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) placed tenth overall in the intermediate western horsemanship class while Bryan Moylan (Mastic, NY) earned honorable mention honors as a national qualifier in the novice horsemanship class.

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.