No. 8 Wildcats Head South for Big 12 Championship

MANHATTAN, Kan. - After finishing the regular season against No. 1 Auburn at home, the No. 8 Kansas State equestrian team looks to begin the post season on the right foor as the Wildcats set south to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for the 2016 Big 12 Championship this weekend. K-State enters as the No. 4 seed and will take on No. 1 seed Baylor on Friday.

“We are excited to get on the road for the Big 12 Championship this weekend. It is always a great event and really gets the team pumped up to finish out the season on a high note,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “It will be a challenge to face Baylor in that first round, but we have been working extremely hard to prepare for a tough competition.”

Kansas State comes into the post season with an overall record of 4-8 and 1-5 in conference match ups. The Wildcats will look to upset the Lady Bears, as K-State fell short on their home turf by a 1578.5-1533.75 decision and Baylor captured a 13-7 win in Waco during the spring season.

The Wildcats will look to the leadership of Henley Adkins, Christina Martinelli, Molly Dunn and Halle Kutsche to pave the way for the Wildcats in Hunt Seat. The quad will compete in both disciplines of Hunt Seat this weekend. The Wildcats will add juniors Gretchen Koenen and Rory Reichelt to the lineup in Equitation on the Flat, with juniors Alison Brunner and Taylor Schmidt competing in Equitation over Fences to complete the Hunt Seat lineups.

A trio of seniors will lead the Western team once again: Kara Guy, Nicholle Hatton and Danielle Kemper, as the triple threat looks to bring home a Big 12 Championship.

Kemper now 10-10-1 on the season will look to her fellow classmate Emily Castellini to aid the charge in Horsemanship. The seniors will have the help of juniors Sydney Anson and Alyssa Lombardi as well as sophomores Ashley Anderson and Paige Kemper to round out the robust Horsemanship team.

The senior threats of Guy, Hatton and Kemper will guide the Reining team in the powerful competition this weekend. The Reining team will look for a victory on Friday as they have come up just shy, 5-4, in the head-to-head matchups against the Lady Bears this season. Sophomores Kali Retzler and Brynn Critcher will look to their expertise to guide freshman newcomer Taylor Todd in her first post season ride in order to pick up a point for the Wildcats in the Reining arena.

Day one action will kick off on Friday, with the championship and third-place matches taking place on Saturday. The winner from the K-State/Baylor matchup will face the winner of the Oklahoma State/TCU match for the Big 12 Championship, with the two losing sides meeting to determine third and fourth place.

Live updates for the match against Baylor can be found on K-State’s Gameday Twitter account, @kstate_gameday. 

Fences:
Henley Adkins
Alison Brunner
Molly Dunn
Halle Kutsche
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt

Flat:
Henley Adkins
Molly Dunn
Gretchen Koenen
Halle Kutsche
Christina Martinelli
Rory Reichelt

Horsemanship:
Ashley Anderson
Sydney Anson
Emily Castellini
Danielle Kemper
Paige Kemper
Alyssa Lombardi 

Reining:
Brynn Critcher
Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Danielle Kemper
Kali Retzler
Taylor Todd