No. 7 Wildcats Drop Last Home Meet of Season

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 7 K-State equestrian team fought until the very end but fell short on Saturday afternoon at Timbercreek Stables, as Kansas State was defeated by No. 1 Auburn. 10-9, on Senior Day.

Noteworthy
• Kansas State is now 4-8 on the season, 1-5 in Big 12 matchups.
• The Wildcats fell short in the Hunt Seat arena, 7-3, but claimed their stomping grounds in the Western arena, 6-3. 
• The leadership of the upperclassmen was evident as six of K-State’s nine points came from the junior or senior riders in today’s match up.
• The Wildcats took home two out of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors: in Equitation on the Flat by junior Taylor Schmidt and in Reining by sophomore Kali Retzler. 

Equitation over Fences
• The Wildcats came out fighting at the beginning of the day in Equitation over Fences as they dropped a 4-1 decision against the Tigers. 
• Junior Henley Adkins claimed the win, as she rode past Auburn's Ashley Foster in an 82-80 victory. 

Equitation on the Flat
• K-State battled hard in the discipline but fell to Auburn, 3-2. 
• Junior Gretchen Koenen carded a score of 82 to ride past the Tigers' Caitlin Boyle, 81, gaining a point for Kansas State.
• Schmidt secured a point against Ashton Alexander, 85-82, while picking up her fourth career MOP.

Horsemanship
• The Tigers notched the victory, 3-1.
• Sophomore Ashley Anderson clinched the lone point in Horsemanship, as she rode past Lauren Diaz with a 70.5-67.5 decision. 

Reining
• K-State was strong in the discipline as it had a shutout win of 5-0 over Auburn. 
• Sophomore Brynn Critcher edged past Alexa Rivard of Auburn, 69-68.5.
• Senior Nicholle Hatton fed off of Critcher’s point as she grasped her own point by a 66-62.5 decision against Hailey Munger.
• Senior Danielle Kemper tallied her tenth win of the season with a conquest over Allie Dusha, 67-66.5.
• Senior Kara Guy outlasted Ali Fratessa by a score of 66.5-65.5 to earn her fifth win of the season extending her overall record as a Wildcat to 25- 15-1.
• Retzler picked up her second MOP honor this season by clinching a 66-54.5 triumph against Griffin Knight. 

Quotes
K-State Head coach Casie Maxwell
• “I thought we defiantly hung in there and fought until the very end, which is what we needed to do against the No. 1 team. Losing by one point is completely respectful, I think. I know if we just cleaned up some things here and there that we could have beat them today. I was really glad our team did not get down on themselves coming into the last event knowing that they could not win, but they did the best that they possibly could and pulled that score up as close as they possibly could.”
• “I thought it was incredible. I was so grateful and I know I will never be able to thank every person in the stands, up in that crowded area. It was great seeing so many people out here supporting us. There were so many alumni back and so many staff members of K-State. It made the girls feel very supported and made them feel very special today and kept them motivated until the end of the day to keep fighting hard. 

Coming up Next
• The No. 7 Wildcats will have two weeks to prepare for the Big 12 Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on March 25-26.