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Men's and women's cross country ranked 12 and 9

Written by: Heather Foster, Sports Information Student Assistant
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College cross country teams participated in the Steven A. Ward Invitational today held Holyoke Community College.

Matt Benjamin, a freshman on the team, finished 87 out of 138 runners with a time of 34:12. Benjamin was followed closely by Peyton Williams (Bronx, NY) coming in at 88 with an average mile time of 6:53.

Next to come in for Morrisville was Carl Tausend (Cato, NY) finishing 91 out of 138 contestants. Sophomores Devon Connor (Rose, NY), Alfonso Dallas (Syracuse, NY) and Adam Hauck (Vernon Center, NY) all finished within one minute of each other, placing 128th, 130th and 134th.

Curtis Roberson (Brooklyn, NY) finished with an average mile time of 8:50 and Edgar Linian (Brooklyn, NY) with an average of 9:13.

The team rank for the men was 12 with a total time of 3:05:07.

Stephanie Page (Nunda, NY) finished 17th out of 112 runners with an average mile time of 6:33, giving Morrisville only 16 points. Freshman Kelcie Degenfelder (Collins, NY) landed a number 56 spot, finishing in 22:52 and acquiring 51 points.

Following Degenfelder came Brittany Ellis (Camillus, NY) in 23:05, Regina Laws (Uniondale, NY) in 23:30, and Elizabeth Peck (Antwerp, NY) in 23:31, all finishing 70 and below.

The women were ranked nine with a total time of 1:53 and 244 total points.

The next meet for both the men and women is Sept. 19 at the Bard College Invitational.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

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.