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Whitfield, Crast named Mustang "Athletes of the Week"

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The Morrisville State College athletic department has named women’s volleyball junior middle hitter, Ebony Whitfield (Benton Harbor, MI), and football sophomore quarterback, Jamieson Crast (Mannsville, NY) the Mustang Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 27, 2009.

Whitfield was instrumental in leading volleyball to a 2-1 week, including two wins in NEAC action to boost the Mustangs conference record to 4-0.

On Tuesday, Whitfield tallied six kills and three digs in the loss to Medaille, before recording 19 kills, 14 digs and four solo blocks in the come-from-behind win over Harrisburg on Saturday.

Whitfield also added eight kills, five digs and five solo blocks to her tallies in the victory over Berks in the second match on Saturday.

A graduate of Benton Harbor High, Whitfield is majoring in accounting at Morrisville State College. She is the daughter of Cathy and Larry Cohn of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Crast had a collegiate high 299 yards in passing on Saturday in the loss at The College of New Jersey, throwing for four touchdown scores, on 25-of-40 attempts.

Crast threw touchdown passes of 20, 19, and seven-yards in the first half, adding an 18-yard scoring pass in the second half, driving the Mustangs season high 519 total offensive yards in the contest.

Averaging 193.8 yards per game, Crast is currently ranked seventh in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in passing yards per game.

A graduate of South Jefferson High, Crast is majoring in natural resources conservation at Morrisville State and is the son of Julie and Patrick Crast of Mannsville, N.Y.

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.