Wildcats Place Second at Big 12 Championship

All-Big 12 Selection Rachel Webster

March 30, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla.-  In a tight contest that came down to the last event, the No. 4 Kansas State (10-6, 4-4 Big 12) equestrian team came up just short, dropping a razor thin decision, 8-6, to No. 3 Oklahoma State on Saturday to take second place at the 2013 Big 12 Equestrian Championships.

Head coach Casie Maxwell was proud of her team’s effort to fight to the very end.

“I am so very proud of how our team performed today,” said Maxwell. “They fought for every point and left it all in the arena, and we could not ask for anything more. On top of a tremendous athletic performance, we exhibited outstanding sportsmanship, teamwork and spirit. As a team, we are definitely peaking at the best time possible and are extremely excited to head to the National Championship in three weeks.”

The Hunter Seat team had a tough matchup against the Cowgirls, coming up short, 4-3.

The championship round started with Equitation Over Fences, which saw the Wildcats fall behind, 2-1. Kali Yates picked up the lone point, after she defeated OSU rider Andrea Robbins, 164-136.

Equitation on the Flat was just as competitive, with both teams scoring two points. Captain Rachel Webster gave the Wildcats their first point, defeating Ali Rose, 162-138. Another captain, this time Meredith Finch capped off her Big 12 championship career with another win, besting Allie Joyce, 162-159. She improved her season record to 13-1-2.

The Western team faced a tough challenge, dropping 4-3 to OSU.

The Horsemanship team had success, outscoring the Cowgirls, 2-1. Amelia Crites scored an important first point for the Wildcats, after she edged Lindsey McMullen, 134.5-128. Captain Kelly Bovaird scored a team high 142.5, which was a enough to defeat Lauren Halvorson, who carded a 120.

After three events, the score was tied at five apiece heading into Reining. Both teams had great rides, but OSU came out on top, 3-1. Captain Sam Etsell gave the Wildcats the early lead, after she blanked Taylor New, 130-0.

At the conclusion of the Big 12 Championships, Webster and Finch were recognized for their stellar 2013 seasons, as they were named to the All-Big 12 team.

“We are so proud of our All Big 12 selections in Meredith Finch and Rachel Webster, who have been spectacular all season, as well as this weekend,” said Maxwell.

The Wildcats will have a few weeks off before traveling to Waco, Texas to compete in the NCEA Championships, which take April 18-20.

Equitation on the Flat
KSU tied OSU 2-2
Rachel Webster (KSU) def. Ali Rose (OSU), 162-138
Samantha Harrison (OSU) def. Madison Wayda (KSU), 172-168
Meredith Finch (KSU) def. Allie Joyce (OSU), 162-159
Amy White (OSU) def. Larissa Laffey (KSU), 152-143

Equitation Over Fences
OSU wins 2-1
Samantha Harrison (OSU) def. Rachel Webster (KSU), 157-150
Kali Yates (KSU) def. Andrea Robbins (OSU), 164-136
Sammy Elser (OSU) def. Madison Wayda (KSU), 168-164
Cat Avolese tied Allie Joyce (OSU), 155-155

KSU wins 2-1
Amelia Crites (KSU) def. Lindsey McMullen (OSU), 134.5-128
Hannah Ribera tied Marissa Dalton (OSU), 139.5-139.5
Kelly Bovaird (KSU) def. Lauren Halvorson (OSU), 142.5-120
Katy Krshka (OSU) def. Rachel Wetherell (KSU), 145-122.5

OSU wins 3-1
Sam Etsell (KSU) def. Taylor New (OSU), 130-0
Jenna Blumer (OSU) def. Savannah Smith (KSU), 133-125.5
Katy Krshka (OSU) def. Jesse Johnson (KSU), 139-128.5
Justine Peters (OSU) def. Jordan Cox (KSU), 135.5-135

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