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Maller reaches national mark at App State meet

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BOONE, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2017) – The Milligan College Track and Field teams traveled to Boone, North Carolina, for the Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet on the Appalachian State campus. Leading the way for the Buffaloes, Liz Maller became Milligan's second national qualifier of the indoor season.

After setting a personal best in the women's weight throw (14.57m) on Friday, Maller achieved a national qualifying mark in the shot put (13.10m) on Saturday. So far this season, only Maller and Segrave have reached national qualifying marks in their events.

"I'm really happy for Liz," Head Coach Chris Layne said of Maller. "Last year she hit a national mark with her previous school but didn't get to compete at nationals. She is a student of the sport and we think she has tremendous upside."

Kaitlyn Carringer was one of Milligan's top runners in the meet, finishing third in the women's 800m.

On the men's side, Mark Stair finished second in the high jump, reaching 2.00m.

In the men's 800m, Sam Wehner finished fourth, followed by Eric Shull in seventh.

Kerael Matthew set a new personal best in the men's 55m, running it in 6.58 seconds.

Continuing his stellar indoor season, Tyler Mayes set another personal best, this time in the men's 55m hurdles. He ran it in 8.08 seconds, securing 10th place.

Brent Coleman placed eighth in the men's long jump, reaching 6.18m.

Several other Buffs competed on Friday. Zach Thayer placed 16th in the shot put (12.88m) and set a new personal best in the men's weight throw (14.28m). Joey Evans placed 16th (11.54m) for the Buffs in the weight throw. Finishing one spot behind Evans, Jake Greer set a new personal best and threw 11.04m.

"I think the thin air of Boone, NC really benefits the sprints, jumps and throws," Layne said. "Our crew were able to grab a number of personal and season bests so it was a good day all around."

After competing two weekends in a row, the Buffs get a weekend off before returning to action. The Buffs will compete at ETSU for the second time this season for the Buccaneer Invitational. The meet starts Thursday, February 4.
Posted by on 01-25-2017

Track & field brings high ranks to App State

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2017) – Fresh off a successful outing at the ETSU Invitational, the Milligan College track and field team continues its schedule on Friday and Saturday at the campus of Appalachian State for the Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet.

Both the men's and women's teams have already earned high marks in several events so far this season.

Senior Hannah Segrave has two top marks already this season, one for her performance in the mile at ETSU and the other in the 3000m at the JDL College Kickoff Classic. Both times were school records and qualified her for the NAIA National meet.

Two other Buffs and one relay have also earned top five marks nationally so far. At the Montreat Distance Carnival, senior Amber Grello ran the 5000m in 18:50.25, earning a number four mark. Taylor Tafelsky earned a number four mark in the 3000m at the JDL College Kickoff Classic. The Distance Medley Relay team of Hannah Bell, Grello, Katlyn Haas, and Erica Stone are currently ranked number four in the NAIA due to their performance at the ETSU Invitational.

Adding to the team's prestige, two women's events and two men's events rank in the top 10. JJ Robinson currently ranks number six in the women's 3000m, second highest on the team behind Segrave. The junior from New Lenox, Illinois, ran the 3K in 10:35.72 at ETSU last weekend. Fellow junior Sarah Kate Gartman earned a number seven mark in the women's 5000m after running it in 19:05.23, almost an entire minute faster than her previous personal record. For the men, freshman Mitch Bronstetter ranks nine in the 3000m and Mark Stair ranks nine in the high jump.

There are several events to keep an eye on this weekend at Appalachian State.

Freshman Liz Maller is coming off a solid performance at ETSU that included an eighth place finish in the shot put against NCAA competition. She will compete in the shot put and weight throw.

Happy Valley High School graduate Brianna Buck will compete in the high jump. The freshman made her collegiate debut at ETSU and jumped 1.55m, just .07m short of the B standard.

Freshman and cross-country national qualifier Sam Wehner, after running the mile in the previous two events, will make his debut in the 800m this weekend. Another cross-country national qualifier, Eric Shull will join Wehner in the 800m.

In the men's shot put and weight throw, freshman Zach Thayer and senior Joey Evans will represent the Buffs. Thayer made a promising collegiate debut at ETSU and was Milligan's top thrower at the meet.

Stair will return in the high jump. Earlier this year, his 2.00m jump at the JDL Classic was .01m short of the B standard. He will go for the national qualifying mark this weekend.

Fresh off setting a new personal record in the 60m at ETSU, junior Kerael Matthew will run the 55m this weekend.

Tyler Mayes, who set two new personal records including his own school record, will run the 55m hurdles. In his first race of the season at the JDL Classic, Mayes broke his own school record in the 60m hurdles. Last weekend at ETSU, he broke his own record again with a time 8.66 seconds.

"We're fortunate we're near so many good indoor facilities," Head Coach Chris Layne said. "App State offers a great opportunity for our younger student-athletes and technical event folks to get additional reps under their belt."

Fans can receive updates throughout the meet by following the Milligan Cross Country and Track team on twitter. The handle is @milliganxctrk.
Posted by on 01-25-2017

Segrave record highlights day two of ETSU Invitational

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 14, 2017) – The Milligan College men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up day two of the ETSU Invitational on Saturday. Building on the success of day one, the Buffaloes had several strong performances on day two.

Hannah Segrave broke her second record of the season. After setting a new school record in the 3000m earlier this season, she broke her own school record in the mile (4:56.32) and ran it in 4:52.89.

Also finishing high in the mile, just on the men's side was Taylor Tafelsky. The senior from Hudsonville, Michigan, finished second, running the mile in 4:25.40. Sam Wehner also represented Milligan in the men's mile, finishing 17th place with a time of 4:41.21.

In addition to Segrave and Tafelsky, there were several top five finishes on the day. Mark Stair finished fourth in the men's high jump, reaching 1.90 meters. In the women's 4000m distance medley relay, the team of Hannah Bell, Amber Grello, Erica Stone and Katlyn Haas finished fourth.

In the women's 3000m, junior JJ Robinson secured a top ten finish, placing eighth. She finished in 10:35.72.

Liz Maller added to Milligan's expansive list of top 10 finishes, finishing eighth in the women's shot put (12.58m).

In the men's shot put, freshman Zach Thayer was the top finisher for the Buffaloes with a toss of 13.27m.

"An all-around positive weekend," Head Coach Chris Layne said. "Our veterans really came back from break in a good spot and I'm really pleased to see our young field athletes and sprint crew making progress. It's early in the season but a lot to look forward to at this point."

The Buffaloes return to action next Friday, Jan. 20, at Appalachian State for the Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet.
Posted by on 01-25-2017

Mayes' new school record highlights day one of ETSU Invitational

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2017) - The Milligan College men's and women's track and field teams traveled up the road to East Tennessee State University for ETSU's Invitational meet on Friday. For the second time this year, sophomore Tyler Mayes broke his own school record in the men's 60 meter hurdles.

Mayes finished in 8.66 seconds, .26 seconds faster than his previous record that he set in December. Also in the men's 60 meter hurdles, Tons Ferguson won his heat and placed 21st overall.

Senior and marathon All-American Brandon Ellis placed 12th in the men's 5000m with a time of 15:56.17.

In the men's field events, Zach Thayer won the first flight in the weight throw and finished 15th overall.

Erica Stone placed seventh in the women's 800m and set a new personal best for indoors. Alijah Dunn finished 10th in the men's triple jump.

On the women's side, a pair of distance runners highlighted day one. Senior Amber Grello and junior Sarah Kate Gartman finished back to back in the women's 5000m. Grello placed tenth and Gartman placed eleventh in the women's 5000m with times of 19:01.03 and 19:05.23 respectively.

Freshman Brianna Buck made her collegiate debut in the women's high jump and finished tied for 9th with a jump of 1.55m.

The meet finishes Saturday with plenty of Buffaloes still to compete in their first events of 2017.
Posted by Milligan College on 01-25-2017

New and familiar faces highlight talented Buffs squad

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Jan. 12, 2017) - Milligan College's 2017 men's and women's track and field teams are set to continue their indoor season this weekend at East Tennessee State University at the ETSU Invitational. After a strong showing in December's JDL Kickoff Classic and Montreat Distance Carnival, Milligan's decorated veterans and promising newcomers will look to sustain the program's excellence in 2017.

An array of personal and school records highlighted December's meets and there is still plenty of opportunities for more records to fall. Following this weekend's ETSU Invitational, the Buffs will compete at Appalachian State University in the Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet on Friday, Jan. 20. In February, Milligan returns to ETSU for the Buccaneer Classic, travels to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the Camel City Invitational, and competes at Vanderbilt University for the Vanderbilt Music City Challenge. The Buffs will wrap up the indoor season with the Appalachian Athletic Conference Challenge and then host the NAIA National Meet at ETSU's track.

The women's squad features two-time 800m National Champion Hannah Segrave. Segrave, fresh off a dream 2016 calendar year that included two track national championships, and a cross country national runner-up, will look to add to her legacy as she enters her last semester as a Buffalo. This weekend, she will run the mile.

Beyond Segrave, the team has a mix of upper classmen and freshmen that will contribute in a big way. Junior JJ Robinson returns in the 3K, an event that she earned All-American status in last year's indoor season. She will run the 3K again this weekend at ETSU. Fellow junior, Sarah Kate Gartman, had a stellar fall cross country season, during which she consistently placed high for the Buffs. Gartman will run the 5K at the ETSU Invitational.

The pool of freshmen is deep for Milligan, and features Katlyn Haas in the mile, Erica Stone in the 800m, Liz Maller in throws, Caelyn Thompson in sprints and jumps, and Brianna Buck in the high jump.

Like the women's team, the men also feature several seasoned and decorated veterans as well as a talented freshmen class. Senior Taylor Tafelsky returns, fresh off his second cross country All-American season and a third place finish in last year's mile at the Indoor National Championships. He will run the mile again at ETSU. Sophomore Mark Stair also returns in the high jump, an event that he earned All-American status in last year's outdoor season. Two-time All-American in the marathon, Brandon Ellis returns for his senior season and will run the 5K at ETSU.

The freshmen class includes Alijah Dunn in the triple jump, Zach Thayer in throws, Romeo Gibbs who has already broken the school record in the long jump in December's JDL Classic, and Tons Ferguson in jumps.
Posted by Milligan College on 01-25-2017

Segrave leads No. 8 Buffs to victory; men take third at USCB

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 22, 2016) – Milligan College cross-country All-American Hannah Segrave broke the course record and won her third race of the season to lead the No. 8 Buffs to a team win in one of the biggest races of the season, the 10th annual ASICS Sand Shark Invitational hosted by USC Beaufort, Saturday morning. Taylor Tafelsky led Milligan's men to third as a team.

The race was one of the biggest of the season in terms of both numbers and significance. It featured more than 500 runners and approximately 30 teams competing from all across the southeast, and it served as the final tune-up for the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships and NAIA Cross Country National Championships. Segrave broke her own course record and won it by four seconds. Tafelsky placed fourth, less than a minute off the lead.

"We knew this was going to be close," Head Coach Chris Layne said. "Our conference has gone from getting very little exposure to arguably having two of the top 10 teams in the country. The women know we can tighten things up even more over the next 2-3 weeks. We'll enjoy this today but then it's important to get right back to work tomorrow."

Segrave's time of 17:14 was her best of the season and just over one second faster than USCB's course record, which she set at last year's Sand Shark Invitational. JJ Robinson followed next on the women's side with a ninth-place finish in a time of 18:12.

"Hannah really enjoys this meet so it was special for her to come back, run well and stay undefeated on the season," Layne said. "I think it's also important to note Sarah Kate Gartman's run today, as she took a huge step to fill our no. 3 spot."

Gartman (18:30), Amber Grello (18:58) and Erica Stone (19:14) all finished in the top 30, taking 13th, 19th and 28th respectively.

On the men's side, Milligan put five in the top 40 with Tafelsky (25:18) up top in fourth, Brandon Ellis (25:56) in 14th, Mitch Bronstetter (26:06) in 16th, Sam Wehner (26:18) in 21st, and Peter Mermilliod (26:40) in 40th.

For Tafelsky, the Sand Shark race marked his fourth race of the season and fourth time he has finished inside the top four.

Milligan's men were the top finishing team among AAC schools as nonconference opponents SCAD Savannah and Berea took the top two spots in front of the Buffs.

"SCAD Savannah is ranked 14th so I really feel like the men took a step toward being ranked inside the top 25," Layne said. "This is one of the most complete races we've had and I was extremely pleased with the way our young guys stepped up today."

Next up, Milligan will race in the AAC Championships, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Milligan swept both the men's and women's championships last season, with the women winning it for the 13th straight time.
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Posted by Milligan College on 12-12-2016

Men’s cross country wins AAC title; Segrave finishes first

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Milligan College's cross country teams traveled to Montreat College on Saturday to compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship meet. The men's team won the conference title, thanks to five Buffaloes finishing in the top 15. Senior Hannah Segrave cruised to win the women's 5k, leading the women to a second place finish.

The men got the day started with a dominating performance. Senior Taylor Tafelsky led the Buffaloes and finished second overall with a time of 26:18.1 in the 8k. Freshman Mitch Bronstetter was not far behind, finishing fourth overall with a time of 26:36.1 Also finishing in the top 10 was senior Brandon Ellis, who finished seventh with a time of 26:55.0. A pair of underclassmen rounded out the Buffaloes' top five, with Sam Wehner finishing 13th and Carson Kirby finishing 14th. Milligan had three top 10 finishes and five in the top 15. No other team had more than two top 10 finishes or three in the top 15.

"The men have really started to click and I'm proud of their effort during the second half of today's race. We were down a little going into the three mile mark but they finished well," Head Coach Chris Layne said after the win. "This is another positive step for the men's program and I think our leadership has done a great job of bringing the young guys along. We have three freshmen in the top seven and they've been so important to our success this year."

On the women's side, Segrave dominated the race for her second AAC title in a row. She finished in 17:53.3, 19 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

"Hannah has embraced everything I've thrown at her," Layne said. "Three years ago this same weekend, Hannah had just cracked our top 7 for the first time to make our team to nationals and now she'll be making her 10th straight national appearance in track and cross country."

Junior Sarah Kate Gartman followed Segrave for the Buffs, finishing sixth overall with a time of 19:24.4. Teammate JJ Robinson followed a few seconds later, resulting in a seventh place finish. Senior Amber Grello finished in 19:41.7 and placed ninth. Two more Buffaloes finished in the top 15, with freshman Katlyn Haas coming in 11th place and Ashton Bunch coming in 14th.

The race turned into a top 10 matchup between the No.8 Buffaloes and No.9 Bees from SCAD Atlanta. Despite the strong showing, the Buffaloes fell two points short of champion SCAD Atlanta, who had runners finish second, third, fourth, fifth, and 18th. Only one other team had one runner finish in the top 10 while placing another runner in the top 15.

Despite the narrow defeat, Coach Layne remained optimistic following the race.

"This is certainly bittersweet," Layne said. "But this team is headed to the national championships for a 14th straight year and what they've accomplished separates this group of women from a lot of folks."

In two weeks, both teams will wrap up the fall season at Principia College outside of St. Louis for the NAIA National Meet. Additional information can be found at the link above.

Following the race, the AAC announced its All-Conference awards. On the men's side, Tafelsky, Bronstetter, and Ellis all made the All-Conference team, with Bronstetter and Wehner qualifying for the All-Freshman team. Wehner and Kirby were named to the All-Conference seond team. Chris Layne won Coach of the year for the second year in a row.

Also for the second year in a row, Hannah Segrave was named AAC Runner of the year. Gartman and Robinson,also made the All-Conference team, with Bunch, Haas, and Grello being named to the All-Conference second team. Freshman Katlyn Haas was the lone Buffalo on the All-Freshman team.
Posted by Milligan College on 12-12-2016

Segrave, Tafelsky win first track events of indoor season

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2016) – The Milligan College men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Winston-Salem and Black Mountain, North Carolina, for split squad meets at the Montreat College Distance Carnival and the JDL Kickoff Classic. In the first meet of the year, several Buffaloes either set personal records, broke school records, and/or met national qualifying times.

Making her debut in the women's 3000 meter, senior Hannah Segrave shattered the school record of 10:10.55 and ran a 9:51.73, which qualified her for nationals.

In the men's 3000, Milligan held the top two spots. Senior Taylor Tafelsky dominated the field and finished in 8:44.09. Freshman Mitch Bronstetter followed in 8:58.78.

"We felt this was a great opportunity to open up the track season for some of our top folks who seem to still be on the upswing," Head Coach Chris Layne said. "This was a quality early season meet so for Hannah and Taylor to come away with two commanding wins is a good feeling."

The Buffaloes had their stellar freshman class on full display across all events. Freshman Romeo Gibbs placed in the top 15 of the men's long jump and jumped 6.69 meters, a personal best and new school record.

In the women's 800 meter, freshman Erica Stone made her debut and placed 10th in 2:27.92. Fellow freshman Katlyn Haas had a top ten finish of her own in the women's one mile run, finishing eighth in 5:23.91.

Freshman Sam Wehner made his debut in the men's one miler and finished in 4:38.52, resulting in a sixth place finish.

"We had a number of freshmen step up today and I think it all started with Romeo in the long jump," Layne said. "Our distance crew, Mitch, Erica, Katlyn and Sam were solid and I think overall the entire crew was able to get valuable reps."

Sophomore Mark Stair finished second in the men's high jump, reaching two meters.

"Mark and Coach Clonce have obviously been working on refining a few things technically," Layne said. "Clonce feels Mark has really picked up where he left off."

Milligan's track and field teams return to action in 2017 at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational. The meet is scheduled for January 13-14.
Posted by Milligan College on 12-12-2016

Segrave leads Buffs to No. 15 finish; Men’s cross country breaks into top 25

ELSAH, Ill. (Nov. 19, 2016) – Milligan College's cross country teams traveled to the campus of Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, to compete in the NAIA National Championships. The Buffaloes faced cold and windy conditions, and the race featured a course with an uphill start and numerous challenges throughout. Both teams battled and resulted in a 15th place finish for the women's team and a 24th place for the men.

Milligan's women's team finished with three runners in the top 100 and the entire team in the top 200. Senior Hannah Segrave led the Buffaloes with a second place finish, moving up five spots from her junior season finish. Segrave finished in 17:08.73, almost five seconds ahead of the third place finisher.

"Hannah is just a consummate professional," Head Coach Chris Layne said after the race. "Even after coming down with bronchitis early in the week, she didn't panic, kept her focus and continued to do everything she could to be ready to go. We both knew top 3 was a possibility and I think this just speaks to her talent and passion to get the most out of herself."

"I'm so happy," Segrave said after her runner-up finish. "I always wanted to finish top three so to be able to do it after not feeling too great at the beginning of the week… I can't even put into words how happy I am. I think we as a team did a good job and many of the girls had really good races."

Junior Sarah Kate Gartman for the second race in a row, finished second for the Buffaloes and placed 60th among team runners with a time of 18:33.64. Senior Amber Grello followed Gartman with a 98th place finish and a time of 19:08.02. Freshman Katlyn Haas set a personal record of 19:04.78 and finished 101st. JJ Robinson rounded out the top five for Milligan with a 152nd place finish. Ashton Bunch and Erica Stone placed 179th (19:53.07) and 196th (20:06.90) respectively.

"Knowing we were coming into this meet with Hannah sick (bronchitis) and JJ having missed all of last week due to an unlucky knee injury from the conference meet, I can't say enough about their performance today," Coach Layne said of the team. "They battled the entire way on an extremely tough course. I think Sarah Kate Gartman and Katlyn Haas really had standout performances and I'm proud of JJ for battling today to run no. 5 for us. We all knew she wasn't herself."

The finishes gave Milligan a score of 413, leading to a 15th place finish, one spot above Appalachian Athletic Conference Champion SCAD Atlanta.

The men, ranked outside of the top 25 going into the race, brought a strong group effort to break their way in. Senior Taylor Tafelsky led the way with a 30th place finish (19th among team runners) with a time of 25:13.7 to wrap up his final cross country season.

"Taylor has the ability to hit the switch when he wants and I'm not at all surprised to see him step up today and finish his cross country career with another All-American honor," Layne said of Tafelsky. "He stayed patient early on and just picked through the field."

Following the race, Tafelsky was more excited by the team's finish than his own. "We came into the race 31st and to see the team take 24th, that's not just me. That's the other six guys on the team. I think that was good to see for them."

Fellow senior Brandon Ellis followed in 87th place and finished in 26:05.6. Underclassmen Mitch Bronstetter and Carson Kirby finished less than half of a second apart, and placed 127th and 128th among team runners. Kirby's finish was a personal record. Freshman Sam Wehner rounded out Milligan's top five with a 186th place finish in 27:04.9. Garret Welsh and Peter Mermilliod finished 204th (27:22.2) and 219th (27:58.4) respectively.

"I felt like our men were a little under-ranked all season but that doesn't mean a lot if you don't step up when the opportunity presents itself," Layne said. "This was definitely a team effort and it's great to see the direction our men are headed. We knew Taylor and Brandon would be steady but I also think Mitch and Carson played a big role in the men cracking the top 25."

Following the race, two of Milligan's runners earned All-American status. Segrave's second place finish and Tafelsky's 30th place finish qualified them as All-Americans for the second year in a row.
Posted by Milligan College on 12-12-2016

Milligan CC shines in home meet

Milligan College, Tenn. (Sept. 6, 2013) --- The Milligan College cross country team opened the 2013 season in style at the inaugural Buffalo Valley Stampede at Buffalo Valley Golf Course in Erwin, Tenn. Cassie St. John (Jonesborough, Tenn.) took top honors as she paced the No. 19 women's squad to victory, while freshman Tayler Tafelski (Hudsonville, Mich.) led the men to a second place finish.

On the women's side, St. John recorded a time of 18:39 on the three-mile course to take the victory in her first race since October 2012. Lauren Grindstaff (Kingsport, Tenn.) finished third with a time of 18:54 in her return to the program, while Meagan Wright (Florence, S.C.) recorded a time of 19:01 to finish in fourth. Senior Natalia Rivas (Johnson City, Tenn.) rounded out the top five with a time of 19:05.

Mackenzie Patten (Kingsport, Tenn.) and freshman Amber Grello (Nazareth, Pa.) earned top 10 finishes as they finished seventh and eighth, respectively. As a team, the Buffaloes earned the victory with 20 points as they captured six of the top eight runners.

On the men's side, Tafelski ran to a sixth place finish in his collegiate debut with a time of 19:46 on the 6K course. Nathan Meeuwenburg (Hudsonville, Mich.) recorded a time of 19:50 to finish in ninth, while Christian Brewer (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished in ninth with a mark of 19:54. Ayden Farmer (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Brandon Ellis (South Sapulpa, Okla.) ran to 19th and 20th place finishes, respectively.

As a team, the Buffaloes finished second with a total of 58 points. Tennessee Wesleyan, who received votes in the NAIA Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll, won the event with a total of 29 points.

"The atmosphere today was awesome," Head Coach Chris Layne said. "The support we received from our student body and administration goes a long way. It's early and we expect to look like two different teams come November, but I am pleased with both programs this afternoon. We'll continue to look to our leadership in hopes we can keep developing the young talent in our program."

The Buffaloes return to action on Oct. 4, as they travel to the Mountaineer Open hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C.
Posted by Matt Laws on 09-09-2013