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Cross Country women finish 3rd, men take 9th in NEAC Championships

Written by: Heather Foster, Sports Information Student Assistant
MARCY, N.Y. –The Morrisville State cross country teams placed third and ninth overall today in the 2009 North Eastern Athletic Conference cross country championships, hosted by SUNY Institute of Technology.

For the women’s team, Morrisville’s Stephanie Page (Nunda, NY) finished 10th out of 66 runners with a time of 23:33, an average mile pace of 7:35. Soon after, junior Regina Laws (Uniondale, NY) followed in 17th with a finishing time of 24:28. Kelcie Degenfelder (Collins, NY) came in with a time of 24:41 with Elizabeth Peck (Antwerp, NY) nearly ten seconds later and freshman Brittany Ellis (Camillus, NY) with a finishing time of 28:39.

The women’s team placed third overall, with runners Page qualifying for second-team all conference with Laws and Degenfelder in third-team all conference.

For the men’s team, Peyton Williams (Bronx, NY) finished in 33:57, with a speedy mile pace of 6:50, followed closely by Carl Tausend (Cato, NY) who finished in 35:05. Adam Hauck (Vernon Center, NY) finished soon after with a time of 40:06 as well as Curtis Roberson (Brooklyn, NY) (40:36) and Edgar Linian (Brooklyn, NY) (45:54).

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 residencehalls 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.