K-State Downed in Final Rides of Consolation Bracket

STILLWATER, Okla.- The No. 8 K-State equestrian team fought until the final rides, as they faced a tough No. 6 TCU on Saturday falling in the Big 12 consolation bracket in a 11-8 loss at Totusek Arena. The Wildcats took home fourth place in the Big 12 Championships in today’s contest.


Noteworthy

• Kansas State is now 4-10 on the season.
• The Wildcats fell just shy in both disciplines against the Horned Frogs falling in Hunt Seat, 5-4, and in Western, 6-4.
• At the conclusion of the Big 12 Championships, Kansas State head coach Casie Maxwell was acknowledged as the 2016 Big 12 Equestrian Coach of the Year.
• Last season, Maxwell shared the honor and is the only head coach in Big 12 Championship history to receive back-to-back recognition as Big 12 Equestrian Coach of the Year.  

Equitation over Fences

• K-State battled out the discipline with a 3-2 victory.
• K-State’s underclassmen took home two of the three points for the Wildcats in the discipline: Junior Christina Martinelli and sophomores Halle Kutsche and Molly Dunn.
• Martinelli held her ground as she scored the first point for the Wildcats as she rode past TCU’s Marissa Malevitis in a 166-139 victory.
• Kutsche then secured the point against TCU’s Jayme Omand by a score of 142-74 and is now 8-15-2 as a Wildcat.
• Dunn registered a score of 153 to secure the point against TCU’s Peddicord who carded a score of 144. 

Equitation on the Flat

• The Horned Frogs notched the victory as the Wildcats fell short, 3-1.
• Junior Rory Reichelt rode past TCU’s, Jayme Omand, 159-140.

Horsemanship

• The Wildcats dropped a 4-1 decision to TCU. 
• Senior Danielle Kemper made her last Big 12 career ride in Horsemanship as she rode past TCU’s Rylee Morgan, 148-142.5. 

Reining

• The final score in Reining on Saturday was 3-2, as K-State triumphed over TCU.
• Senior Nicholle Hatton edged past Hunter DeJane of TCU, 131.5-0.
• Fellow classmate Danielle Kemper fed off of Hatton’s point as she grasped her own point by a 139-132.5 decision against Meloney Morris.
• Sophomore Brynn Critcher tallied her sixth win of the season with a conquest over Carley Montemuro 137.5-135.5. 

Quotes

K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell

• “I am proud of the energy and efforts this weekend. We cleaned some things up today, but we still had errors that cold not be had against anyone at this point in the season.”

• “It is a huge honor to be named Big 12 Coach of the Year. I love this conference and the opportunities I have had to work among such a great group of coaches. I cannot thank them enough for choosing me for this award – it truly means the world to me.”

Coming up Next

The No. 8 Wildcats will have a few weeks off to fine tune the little details before traveling to Waco, Texas, to compete in the NCEA Championships on April 14-16.