No. 10 Wildcats Set for Big 12 Championship

MANHATTAN, Kan. -After finishing the regular season with two big triumphs at home, the No.10 Kansas State equestrian team looks to carry that energy into the Big 12 Championship this weekend. K-State enters as the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will take on No. 2 seed Oklahoma State on Friday.

"Our team has been working extremely hard to prepare for the Big 12 Championship this week and are excited to be entering the post season," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "We have done a lot of really great things both in and out of the arena and are very prepared for this upcoming weekend."

Kansas State comes into the post seasonwith a record of 7-7 and 3-3 in conference match ups.The Wildcatswill look to nudge past the Cowgirls in the series, as K-State claimed the victory on their home turf by a 12-7 decision and OSU captureda 13-7winin Stillwaterduring the spring season.

The Hunt seat team will face a familiar foe in OSU. The Wildcats have outscored the Cowgirls 10-9 in the two meets this season.

Senior captain Madison Wayda will look to end her Big 12 career with a win in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences. The All-Big 12 candidate currently holds a 15-11-2 record while going 1-1 in both disciplines against OSU.Wayda will look to the support of sophomores Henley Adkins, Christina Martinelli and Taylor Schmidt to compete alongside her in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences.

Sophomore Alexis Graves and freshmen Molly Dunn and Halle Kutsche will join the squad in Equitation over Fences. Sophomore Gretchen Koenen and freshman Sabrina Tirador will compete in Equitation on the Flat as they look to bring home points for the Wildcats.

The Western team will have a strong challenge against Oklahoma State. Junior captain Danielle Kemper will look to guide the young Horsemanship team to edge past OSU in the discipline. Kemper and senior Kelsey Sousa are assembled next to sophomore Alyssa Lombardi and freshmen Sydney Anson, Kirsten Chamberland and Paige Kemper tohelp contribute in bringing home a Big 12 title.

In Reining, senior captain Savannah Smith will look to make her final conference appearance a special one. Junior Kara Guyhas been phenomenal in the spring season while still remaining undefeated and looks to continue her hot steak. The duo is joined by junior Nicholle Hatton to help guide freshmen Brynn Critcher, Jessica Johns and Kali Retzler into a successful Reining team.

Day one action will kick off on Friday, with the championship match taking place on Saturday. The winner from the K-State/OSU matchup will face the winner of the Baylor/TCU match for the Big 12 Championship, with the two losing sides meeting to determine third and fourth place.

Live updates for the match against OSU can be found on K-State's Gameday Twitter account, @kstate_gameday.

FENCES
Henley Adkins

Molly Dunn
Alexis Graves
Halle Kutsche
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda

FLAT
Henley Adkins

Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
Sabrina Tirador
Madison Wayda

HORSEMANSHIP
Sydney Anson

Kirsten Chamberland
Danielle Kemper
Paige Kemper
Alyssa Lombardi
Kelsey Sousa

REINING
Brynn Critcher

Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Jessica Johns
Savannah Smith
Kali Retzler