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Morehead State senior quarterback Austin Gahafer is one of 40 players named to the College Football Performance Awards Midseason FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Gahafer has already set numerous records this season. Currently he leads the PFL with 2,745 passing yards and 22 touchdowns on 218-of-387 through the air.

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Morehead State men's basketball defeated Cincinnati Christian 101-63 in the Eagles' lone exhibition test of the season on Sunday at Johnson Arena.

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Following record-setting days at Butler Saturday, two Morehead State football athletes have been named Pioneer Football League Players of the Week.

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Senior quarterback Austin Gahafer set the Pioneer Football League career passing record and the Morehead State single-game passing record, while senior slot receiver Jake Raymond and senior kicker Matt Ward also established records as the Eagle football team came off its bye week with a convincing 54-28 win at Butler Saturday.

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Even though the Morehead State rifle team fell short against second-ranked Murray State Saturday at home, several shooters established personal bests in the shoulder-to-shoulder matchup.

Murray State, ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll, finished with 4,700 to the Eagles' 4,603. The Racers set their school record in air rifle.

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Senior Sydney Schuler led the way with 16 kills as Morehead State volleyball swept Jacksonville State on Senior Day at Wetherby Gym on Saturday afternoon.

With the win and the weekend sweep, the Eagles move to 11-15 overall and 7-5 in league play.

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School records fell again Saturday as the Morehead State rifle team defeated North Georgia, 4618-4588, at Button Rifle Range.

The Eagles established the school aggregate and air rifle records, breaking them for the third time just this season.

Freshman Karly Potts was the brightest spot in air competition, shooting a career-best 591. Freshman Jesse Moyer carded a 586, and sophomore Siarra Crum nailed down a 584 in air.

Junior Haley Wilson paced the team in smallbore with a 574, while freshman Sarah Fink tallied a 573.

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For the first time since 2008, the Morehead State men's cross country program has a First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference performer. And not only one, but two.

Freshman Farah Abdulkarim finished fourth individually at the OVC meet at Percy Warner Park in Nashville Saturday, and sophomore Justin Moakler came across the finish in sixth place to both earn first-team honors. As a team, the Eagle men were third, and the Eagle women finished ninth.

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One of the all-time greatest women's basketball players in Morehead State history and in the state of Kentucky will be honored this season as women's basketball's season-opening home tournament will be the Donna Murphy Classic.

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Following a record-breaking performance Saturday, Morehead State freshman running back Trevor Jones has been named Pioneer Football League co-Offensive Player of the Week.

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Morehead State soccer ended its season at 6-11-2 (3-6-1 Ohio Valley Conference) after a 3-1 loss at Southeast Missouri on Sunday afternoon.

"The girls worked their butts off," said head coach Warren Lipka. "I'm very proud of their effort."

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The Morehead State men's basketball team received two first-place votes and has been picked third in the OVC Eastern Division by OVC media.

The OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team, as voted on by league head coaches and sports information directors, on Wednesday, October 26 during the league's annual Media Day in Nashville.

The media panel picked Belmont as the preseason favorites. Belmont senior forward Evan Bradds was tabbed the OVC Men's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year.

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Despite record-breaking performances on both sides of the ball, Morehead State football (2-6, 1-4 Pioneer Football League) fell to Jacksonville (3-3, 2-1 PFL) 61-49 on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

Redshirt-freshman running back Trevor Jones made his presence known from the opening whistle, blowing all of his previous career-highs out of the water.

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Highlighted by five air scores of 580 or better, the Morehead State rifle team narrowly fell at 10th-ranked Mississippi on Saturday. The Eagles dropped the shoulder-to-shoulder match 4,642-4,604.

In air rifle, a trio of freshmen - Karly Potts (586), Sarah Fink (582) and Jesse Moyer (580) - helped the Eagles' cause to a team score of 2,328. Junior Haley Wilson (580) and freshman Alexa Potts (580) also got to the 580-plateau. Junior Dan Hall (579) and sophomore Brandon Bryer (579) were close as well.

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Morehead State volleyball finished with 68 digs and 14 blocks as they topped Southeast Missouri in four sets at Wetherby Gym on Saturday night. The Eagles downed the Redhawks, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 25-13.

With the win, the Eagles move to 9-14 overall and 5-5 in OVC play. The win also marked head coach Jaime Gordon's 250th at Morehead State.

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The Morehead State rifle team, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Alan Joseph, opens its 2016-17 campaign this weekend with home matches against Virginia Military Institute and Jacksonville State.

MSU entertains VMI at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday in the Button Rifle Ranges, and the match with JSU will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Morehead State is ranked 17th in the nation in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll. The Eagles also finished last season with five athletes named to the Collegiate Rifle Association's Scholastic All-American team.

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Morehead State junior defensive lineman Colt Briggs has been named Pioneer Football League co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Briggs, from Wilmington, Ohio, played a key part in the Eagles' come-from-behind 29-26 win over Valparaiso Saturday. He had 10 total tackles, including four tackles for loss. Briggs also recorded a pair of quarterback hurries.

Briggs, a team co-captain, has 34 total stops in the first five games, including a team-best 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Morehead State continues conference play Saturday at Dayton at 1 p.m. ET.

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In a back-and-forth contest that culminated in a last-minute touchdown score, Morehead State football (2-3, 1-1 Pioneer Football League) defeated Valparaiso (2-3, 1-1 PFL) 29-26 on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

"I couldn't be prouder of my team," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "They kept their composure at the end, they showed a lot of poise, and found a way to get it done at the end."

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Freshman Farah Abdulkarim recorded the third-fastest 8K in program history, sophomore Justin Moakler turned in the seventh-best time in school history for the men, and senior Alex Morris paced the women with what would have been the seventh fastest program time as both Eagle cross country teams ran at the Greater Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park Saturday.

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Morehead State volleyball utilized stellar defense at the net and a balanced offensive attack to down Murray State in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) at Wetherby Gym on Saturday night.

With the win, the Eagles move to 6-11 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. The Racers (8-8, 3-1) entered the match undefeated in league play at 3-0 and yet to lose a set in the OVC.

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Morehead State made its 2016 football debut at Jayne Stadium on September 10th, resulting in a 17-13 loss to the Keydets of VMI. However, it proved to be an historic night for more than one player in an Eagle uniform.

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Morehead State soccer improved to a 3-2-1 record after a 2-1 defeat of Western Carolina on September 9th.

"(Western Carolina) was a team that played with a lot of heart, a lot of fight," said Eagles' head coach Warren Lipka. "We'll take the win."

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Freshman Farah Abdulkarim finished 22nd out of 228 runners on the men's side, and senior Alex Morris led the Morehead State women Saturday as both cross country teams competed at the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

"Both teams raced in the pouring rain, which made the course much more challenging," said head coach Stephen Picucci. "They both ran tough in a very strong field."

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Senior quarterback Austin Gahafer threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns as Morehead State football rolled past Linoln (Pa.) during family weekend, 56-6, Saturday at Jayne Stadium.

With the win, the Eagles improved their record to 1-2 on the young season.

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The Morehead State volleyball team (3-5) defeated Appalachian State (2-5) in five sets on Friday at Wetherby Gym in the first match of the Eagle Challenge.

The Eagles dropped the first set to the Mountaineers, but took the second and third sets. The match was forced into a fifth set after Appalachian State won the fourth, where Morehead State closed out the contest on a 9-2 scoring run. The Eagles won 21-25, 26-24, 27-25, 19-25, 15-11.

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In its second double-overtime contest of the weekend, Morehead State (2-2-1) played Chattanooga (1-3-1) to a 0-0 tie.

"We just fought and played for another 110 minutes," head coach Warren Lipka said. "That's our first shutout of the year, I'm proud of that."

Eagles goalkeeper Caitlynn Mason recorded her third start of the season, where she garnered five saves off 17 Chattanooga shot attempts. She now leads Morehead State with 14 saves on the season, in addition to this afternoon's shutout.

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Morehead State senior slot receiver Jake Raymond became the program's career leader in receptions Saturday night in the season opener at James Madison as the Dukes used a high-powered rushing attack to defeat MSU 80-7 at Bridgeforth Stadium.

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Morehead State volleyball jumped out to a two-set lead, but failed to convert two set points in the third and eventually fell to West Virginia in five sets on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Eagles move to 2-4 on the young season.

"I was pleased with the way we came into the match this morning. We were focused and deliberate with our play," said head coach Jaime Gordon. "We led in most major statistical categories, but let a couple of match point opportunities slip past us."

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The Morehead State cross country teams each fared well in the 2016 season opener Friday night as the program hosted the Eagle Opener 5K races at the former Sunnybrook Golf Course.

The men finished second, highlighted by an overall second-place showing from freshman Farah Abdulkarim. The women came in third place.

Abdulkarim, who enrolled last spring and ran track, crossed the line in 15:46.3, just five ticks behind individual winner Fredrick Kanda of Eastern Kentucky.

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The Morehead State soccer team earned its first victory of the 2016 season with a 2-1 win at Bowling Green on Thursday.

"Great win against a quality team on the road," said head coach Warren Lipka. "I am really proud of how this team has responded after our first two matches."

Freshman goalkeeper Eva Ýr Helgadóttir recorded her first career start, following sophomore Michelle Washburn's 11-save performance at Illinois last week. Helgadóttir notched six saves off 20 shots.

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