No. 5 K-State Cruises Past South Dakota State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 5 Kansas State continued its strong performances at Timbercreek Stables on Friday afternoon, as the Wildcats defeated South Dakota State, 13-6. K-State has now won 13 consecutive home meets and owns a 13-1 overall home record in the last two-plus seasons.

The Basics
• Score: No. 5 Kansas State 13, South Dakota State 6
• Records: K-State (3-0), South Dakota State (0-1)

Noteworthy
• Of K-State’s 13 points on Friday, 10 were scored by underclassmen.
• For the second straight day, K-State registered three of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. The MOPs for K-State on Friday were: sophomore Henley Adkins (Equitation over Fences & Equitation on the Flat) and junior Danielle Kemper (Horsemanship).
• Adkins has now secured an MOP honor in all three meets this season and four total with her two on Friday.
• Entering this season, Adkins collected four MOP honors in her debut season in 2013-14. With her two MOPs on Friday, she owns eight career MOP honors and a career record of 20-18-1 which includes a 4-2 mark this season.
• The MOP honor for Kemper was the first of her career.
• Kemper, a co-captain, owns a 3-0 record this season in Horsemanship.
• Through three meets in 2014-15, K-State has secured nine discipline wins in 12 opportunities.
• K-State has yet to be defeated in Equitation on the Flat, Horsemanship and Reining this season, outscoring its foes in these three disciplines, 22-9.

Equitation over Fences
• K-State edged past South Dakota State in the opening discipline, 3-2.
• This was K-State’s first win in the discipline this season.
• Highlighting K-State’s win over the Jackrabbits was Adkins with a 92-77 win over SDSU’s Marielle Golden.
• Joining Adkins in the win column for K-State was sophomore Alexis Graves with an 87-85 win over Jordan Goodall. Graves is now 2-1 this season and 8-7 in her career.
• Sophomore Taylor Schmidt improved to 3-0 this season with an 81-79 win over Taylor Duerr on the next to last ride in the discipline to give K-State the clinching point.

Equitation on the Flat
• K-State secured the discipline win with a 4-1 decision.
• Adkins again tallied the high point ride for the Wildcats, with a 97-92 win over Mandy Gradert to give the Wildcats the lead in the discipline.
• Schmidt followed the strong ride from Adkins with a 92-82 win over Emily Karr to give K-State a 2-1 edge.
• Sophomore Gretchen Koenen secured the discipline win for the Wildcats with an 88-75 win over Jessica Andronowitz.
• Putting the icing on the cake in the event, senior and co-captain Madison Wayda registered a 92-71 win over Goodall.

Horsemanship
• K-State notched the win in the discipline, 4-1.
• Kemper registered a 75.5 to 73 win over Lexus Hoffman to improve to 3-0 this season.
• Joining Kemper with a win were sophomore Kelsey Karanges, sophomore Sydney Anson and senior Kelsey Sousa.
• Karanges registered her first win of the year with a 74.5-72.5 defeat of Elizabeth Niewojna.
• Anson notched her second straight win with a 75-73.5 decision over Nicole Siebold.
• Sousa tallied her second win of the season with a 74.5-73.5 victory over Lexus Hoffman.

Reining
• The Wildcats and Jackrabbits split the final discipline of the afternoon, 2-2.
• K-State received scoring rides from freshmen Brynn Critcher and Heidi Schmitz.
• Critcher tallied her first career win with a 72-67 victory over Makayla Reed.
• Schmitz won her second straight with a 65-0 defeat of Danielle Baker.

Quotes
K-State head coach Casie Maxwell
• “I thought the girls rode really well today. I think they focused on the errors the made yesterday and last weekend and capitalized on the good things they did. They continue to have good momentum. We have got to keep it clean. Our competition is only going to get harder and harder as the season goes on. We have got to get rid of some of those penalties and mistakes that we made.”
• “I think across the board they just need to work on keeping it clean. If they don’t have a clean ride or if they make mistakes that we think they can control then we are just basically giving a point away. It is hard to really push that ride and try to earn a really high score if you have those mistakes.”

Coming up Next
• No. 5 Kansas State will continue its five-meet home stand on Saturday, Oct. 11 against Alabama. The competition is set to begin at 10 a.m.