No. 5 Equestrian Suffers First Loss

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The fifth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season this afternoon at Fox Creek Farms, falling to the fourth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 12-7.

The loss drops the team to 2-1 on the season, following early wins against eighth-ranked TCU and the then second-ranked Baylor Bears. The competition marked the third straight home matchup against a top 10 opponent for the Wildcats.

K-State fell into an early hole during the equitation over fences discipline, dropping a 3-1 decision. Senior Katie Mellon improved to 2-1 on the season following a 78-76 win over OSU’s Hannah Beresford, while senior Kendall Marvin rode to an 81-81 draw.

The Wildcats continued to struggle in the equitation on the flat portion of the show, losing 4-1. Junior Natasha Vincent improved her overall record to 2-1 on the season with an 85-77 victory against Ally Blias.

"It was a tough loss today,” said associate head coach Gardner Powell. “Our jump riders came on stronger than they have this season. I'm proud of the attitude the whole squad carried, and it was a good test for the mettle of the team."

In the Western portion of the show the Wildcats rode to a 5-5 tie, but when the competition went to points the Cowgirls narrowily edged out the Wildcats.

K-State’s horsemanship squad suffered its first loss on the year, dropping a close 3-2 decision. Senior Mikaela Sundgren remains undefeated at 3-0 on the season after riding past Suzanne Randolph, 76-75.5. Team captain Alyssa Freeman picked up the other point for the Wildcats, defeating Ashley Kock-Kennedy, 75.5-75.

K-State’s lone victory on the day came in the reining arena, where it rode past the Cowgirls for a 3-2 victory to remain undefeated on the season. Senior Tara Hallan continued her stellar start to the season, defeating Molly Tipton 69.5-68, improving her overall record on the year to 3-0. Freshman Sam Etsell improved to 2-1 in her rookie campaign, riding past OSU’s Caroline Daniels, 70-64.5. Senior Kaylee Stout rounded out the competition for the Wildcats with a close 71-70 victory over Leah Kuehn to move her record to 2-1 on the season.

"The girls rode really well and maybe just a little too hard today,” said head coach Casie Lisabeth. “They were good; we just need to be cleaner against a team of this caliber. I am happy with where we are as a western squad, and we just have a few small things to work on in the coming weeks."

The Wildcats are back in action next weekend as the sixth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies make a visit to Fox Creek Farms on Friday. The matchup will mark the fourth straight top 10 matchup for K-State as it looks to improve to 3-1 on the season. Next weekend’s show will also be the last home competition of the fall schedule, and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Complete results from Saturday’s competition against Oklahoma State are as follows.

VARSITY COMPETITION

Equitation over fences:

Jen Rawle 77 vs Erin Prutow** 80

Kendall Marvin 81 vs Alice White 81

Bridget Doyle 80 vs Jordan White 82

Liz Godfrey 75 vs Ally Blais 76

Katie Mellon 78 vs Hannah Beresford 76

 

Equitation on the flat:

Natasha Vincent 85 vs Ally Blais 77

Meredith Finch 75 vs Jen McLaughlin 83

Katie Mellon 0 vs Sarah Brown 73

Christina Costello 62 vs Alice White 83

Kali Yates 83 vs Jordan White** 85

 

Hunter Seat Totals: KSU 2 – OSU 7

 

Horsemanship:

Mikaela Sundgren 76 vs Suzanne Randolph 75.5

Alyssa Freeman 75.5 vs Ashley Kock-Kennedy 75

Courtney Watters 75 vs Courtney Whitacre 76.5

Laura Browne 77 vs Margaux Tucker** 79

Caley Coffey 75 vs Marissa Dalton 76

 

Reining:

Morgan Campbell 67 vs Christy McElreath 70.5

Tara Hallan 69.5 vs Molly Tipton 68

Sam Etsell 70 vs Caroline Daniels 64.5

Alecia Zimbelman 71 vs Rachell Shobe** 72.5

Kaylee Stout 71 vs Leah Kuehn 70

Western Totals: KSU 5 – OSU 5

OVERALL: KSU 7 – OSU 12

** Denotes MVP

 

EXHIBITION COMPETITION

Equitation over fences:

Soffia Farral da Cruz 77 vs Kenzie Duckett 75

                                                      

Equitation on the flat:

Rebecca Wilt 72 vs Elli Sparks 75

 Hunter Seat Totals: KSU 1 – OSU 1

 

Horsemanship:

Erica Mackiwicz 74.5 vs Lauren Olson 71.5

Tiana Shelton 74 vs Nichole Chirico 76.5

Josie Kness 74.5 vs Mamie Tomlin 76

 

Reining:

Dana Johnson 69.5 vs Bri Parnell 69

Western Totals: KSU 2 – OSU 2

 

OVERALL: KSU 3 – OSU 3