Wildcats Season Ends at NCEA National Championship

April 18, 2014

K-State Athletics

WACO, Texas - A day after a dramatic comeback victory against No. 12 seed Texas A&M, the No. 5 seed Kansas State equestrian team was unable make it into the semifinal round, after losing to No. 4 seed Auburn, 13-3.

“Today definitely did not go as planned but I am extremely proud of our teams’ effort and energy,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “We rode well, but just not good enough to compete with Auburn today. Props to Auburn for playing so strong today-they definitely came ready to play. It is a sad way to end with our seniors as they have worked so hard and dedicated so much to this team, but they definitely will go down in history for all they have accomplished along the way.”

In the Hunter Seat arena, K-State and Auburn battled back-and-forth with the Tigers coming out on top, 7-1.

During Equitation Over Fences, Alexis Graves was the lone point winner in K-State’s 3-1 loss. The freshman from Coto de Caza, Calif., scored a team high 164 in her win against Jennifer Waxman.

In Equitation on the Flat, the Wildcats were able to receive high scores for their rides, but were unable to match Auburn. K-State dropped the event 4-0.

The Western team had great all-around performances from its riders but could not overcome Auburn. The Wildcats dropped the discipline 6-2.

In Reining, the Wildcats were knocked off by the Tigers, 3-1. Jesse Johnson was the lone point scorer for K-State, scoring a match high 144 to defeat Griffin Knight.

The Horsemanship team put together excellent rides, but were only able to come away with one point. Senior Kelly Bovaird was the point scorer, racking up a 146.5 to defeat Knight.

K-State finishes the season with an 11-6 record after a strong outing in the National Championship competition.