K-State Earns Second at Big 12 Championships

SPRINGTOWN, Texas- The No. 10 K-State fought until the final rides on Saturday in the final of the 2015 Big 12 Championships, but No. 3 Baylor held off the Wildcats, 11-8, at Turning Point Ranch to secure the title.

Noteworthy

  • Kansas State is now 8-8 on the season.
  • The Wildcats fell just shy in both disciplines against the Lady Bears falling in Hunt Seat,6-4, and in Western, 5-4.
  • This is the second time the Wildcats have placed second at the Big 12 Championships under head coach Casie Maxwell.
  • At the conclusion of the Big 12 Championships, Kansas State had four riders earn All-Big 12, along with Maxwell sharing the 2015 Big 12 Equestrian Coach of the Year award with Baylor head coach Ellen White.
  • Wildcats to earn All-Big 12 honors were: sophomores Henley Adkins and Taylor Schmidt in Equitation over Fences, Adkins in Equitation on the Flat, junior captain Danielle Kemper in Horsemanship and junior Kara Guy in Reining.
  • Adkins also was named one of the four Big 12 Equestrian 2015 Riders of the Year. Adkins received her honor in the discipline of Equitation on the Flat.

Equitation over Fences

  • K-State battled out the discipline with a 3-2 victory.
  • K-State's underclassmen took home the three points for the Wildcats in the discipline: freshmen Halle Kutsche and Molly Dunn, as well as Adkins.
  • Kutsche held her ground as she scored the first point for the Wildcats, riding past BU's Savannah Jenkins in a 152-148 victory.
  • Dunn then secured the point against Baylor's Alicia Gasser by a score of 152-85 andis now 5-1 as a Wildcat.
  • Adkins registered a score of 171 to secure the point against BU's Paige Parker who carded a score of 152.
  • Adkins has been an outstanding performer for the Wildcats this season while going 17-15 and picking up six Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors.

Equitation on the Flat

  • The Lady Bears notched the victory as the Wildcats fell short, 4-1.
  • Senior Madison Wayda made her last Big 12 career ride as she rode past Baylor's Rachel Van Allen, 150-111.
  • Wayda's hard work and dedication to the team has shown over her time at K-State, as she is 17-14-1 this season and has a career mark of 61-57-2.

Reining

  • The Wildcats came out fighting at the beginning of the day in Reining as they tied with Baylor in a 2-2 decision.
  • Senior captain Savannah Smith tallied her ninth win of the season with a win over Mary Brown, 141-139.5.
  • Junior Nicholle Hatton is now 8-7 this season as she claimed another title against BU's Maddison Smith, 135.5-131.

Horsemanship

  • Like yesterday, the final decision came down to the concluding rides in Horsemanship, but K-State fell to BU, 3-2.
  • Sophomore Alyssa Lombardi downed Baylor's Lacy Watson, 146.5-142.5.
  • Kemper carded a score of 136 to defeat the Lady Bears' Paris Rice, 136-134.
  • Kemper is now 11-3-1 this season while earning one MOP.

Quote
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell

  • "You always hope to come out with a win, but I am very proud of how the girls rose to the pressure today. They kept fighting all day long. We just had little things that we could have controlled today and small things we could have fixed. Those are the things that we are going to focus on between now and the National Championships. This is the best that the girls have competed in this type of pressure. We are going to build off of this momentum in the next two weeks to get us prepared for the National Championships."

Hunt Seat Rider Henley Adkins

  • "I am so proud of this team. We never gave up. We were cheering our hearts out until the end. I am so proud of this team for sticking with it and I cannot believe how many awards we received as a team including myself, Kara (Guy), Dani (Danielle Kemper) and Taylor (Schmidt). It was just an awesome feeling. I think that shows how hard we have been working and it paid off and was a great feeling."

Coming up Next
The No. 10 Wildcats will have a few weeks off to perfect the small things before traveling to Waco, Texas, to compete in the 2015 NCEA Championships on April 16-18.

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