K-State Advances Past Delaware State at NCEAs

WACO, Texas- The No. 8 K-State equestrian team advanced out of the first round of the NCEA National Championship, defeating Delaware State, 10-6, at the Extraco Events Center.

Noteworthy
• Kansas State is now 5-10 on the season.
• The Wildcats secured the victory in both disciplines against the Hornets winning in Hunt Seat and Western, 5-3. 
• The leadership of the Wildcats' upperclassmen was evident on Thursday as eight of the 10 points came from the experienced group today.
• The Wildcats are now 2-0 against the Hornets this season. 
• Last season, K-State defeated SMU in a 10-5 decision in the first round of the National Championship.  

Reining
•  The Wildcats tied in the opening discipline, Reining, with DSU, 2-2.
• Senior Danielle Kemper won a point in the discipline as she defeated DSU’s Alexis Gratkowski, 137-130.5.
• Fellow classmate Nicholle Hatton fed off of Kemper’s point as she grasped her own point by a 141-138 decision against Cheyenne Adams advancing her overall record to 9-4-2.  

Equitation on the Flat
• K-State battled out the discipline with a 3-1 victory.
• Junior Rory Reichelt started the second half of the discipline off strong with a carded score of 139 to edge past Delaware State's Hayley Anderson, 139-138.
• Junior Gretchen Koenen then secured the point against DSU’s Vanessa Rabito by a score of 139-129 and is now 16-13 as a Wildcat, and 8-6 this season. 
• Junior Christina Martinelli tallied her 13th win of the season with a conquest over Caroline Schock, 156-127. 

Horsemanship
• The Wildcats notched the victory in Horsemanship in a 3-1 decision.
• Sophomore Paige Kemper carded a score of 146.5 to defeat the Hornets' Brooke Moore, 146.5-144.5.
• Danielle Kemper followed her sister’s lead as she rode past DSU’s, Emily Fick, 148-138.5, and is now 14-12-1 this season.
• Junior Alyssa Lombardi picked up her fifth season triumph gaining a point for the Wildcats in the discipline against DSU’s Alexis Gratkowski, 135-131. 

Equitation over Fences
• Going into the last event of the day, K-State tied a tough DSU team, 2-2. 
• Martinelli laid claim to a win, as she rode past DSU’s Caroline Schock in a 142-137 for another victory.
• Sophomore Halle Kutsche kept her winning streak in tact as she defeated Rachel Dantley, 153-148, in the final ride of competition.  

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell
• “Overall, we rode really well and exuded a lot of confidence today in our rides. We still had small mistakes here and there that will cost us as the week goes on, but I am definitely proud of the strong start by our team.”

Coming up Next​
The win today advances K-State to a Friday quarterfinal matchup with No. 1 Auburn of the 2016 NCEA Championships. The Wildcats and Lady Tigers met earlier this season at Timbercreek Stables, with Auburn sliding by, 10-9.