No. 6 Wildcats Downed by Skyhawks, 11-9

MARTIN, Tenn.- The No. 6 K-State equestrian team hoped to bounce back from its first loss of the spring season, but Tennessee-Martin defended its home turf on Saturday afternoon at the Ned McWherter Agriculture Pavilion with an 11-9 victory over the Wildcats.


Noteworthy

  • Kansas State is now 5-6 on the season.
  • The upperclassmen leadership was prominent Saturday as five of the nine points came from the group.
  • The Wildcats struggled in Hunt Seat, falling 8-2, but in Western claimed the victory over the Skyhawks by a score of 7-3.
  • K-State registered one Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honor as junior Kara Guy secured her first MOP of the season and second of her career in Reining.

Equitation over Fences

  • K-State battled but fell to Tennessee-Martin, 3-2.
  • Sophomore Henley Adkins carded a score of 80 to ride past Tennessee-Martin's Nora Wilson, 80-79, gaining a point for Kansas State. 
  • Adkins is now (12-10) this season and has earned five MOP honors throughout the course of the season.
  • Senior captain Madison Wayda tallied her 13th win of the season with a conquest over Hunter Ralston, 78-75.

Equitation on the Flat

  • Tennessee-Martin completed the Hunt Seat sweep with a 5-0 decision over K-State.
  • The Wildcats are now 7-4 in the discipline this season.

Horsemanship

  • Kansas State captured Horsemanship by a 3-2 margin.
  • Junior captain Danielle Kemper carded a score of 75 to defeat Cora Rogaski, 75-74.
  • D. Kemper is now (7-3) this season while earning one MOP.
  • Sophomore Alyssa Lombardi has been riding extremely well for the Wildcats as she rode past Tennessee Martin's Katie Slifko, 72-71.5.
  • Freshman Paige Kemper carded a score of 67.5 to ride past Tennessee-Martin's Kenzie Perry, 67.5-0, gaining a point for Kansas State.  
  • P. Kemper picked up her first win of the season (1-3-1). 

Reining

  • The Wildcats edged past the Skyhawks by a 4-1 margin.
  • K-State received scoring rides from senior captain Savannah Smith, junior Kara Guy and Nicholle Hatton as well as freshman Brynn Critcher.
  • Smith clinched her fifth win of the season by riding past UTM's Katie Kallevig, 72.5-69.
  • Junior Kara Guy rode past UTM's Sam Knight, 74-0, to pick up her fourth win of the season (4-5-1) and finished 2-0 this weekend.
  • Hatton is now (5-3-2) this season as she claimed another title against UTM's Megan MarieFoley, 70-69.5.
  • Freshman Brynn Critcher picked up her third win of the season with a triumph over the Skyhawks' Maddie Williams, 71-0.  

Quotes
K-State head coach Casie Maxwell
• "As a whole, our team really stepped up and performed strong today. We really minimized our errors and rode with a lot of confidence, especially compared to the past few weekends we have had on the road. We still have a ton of work to do to prepare for the post season, but this weekend definitely helped us in moving that direction."

Coming up Next
No. 6 Kansas State will continue its road trip next week as it heads to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to take on the Cowgirls, Saturday, February 7.