Wildcats Start Season Off on a High Note in South Dakota

Brookings, S.D.- The K-State equestrian team prospered in their first road meet of the season on Saturday afternoon at DeHaan Equestrian Center, as Kansas State defeated South Dakota State in a head-to-head battle, 11-8.  
 
Noteworthy
• Kansas State is now 1-0 on the season.
• The Wildcats clinched the wins in the Hunt Seat and Western arena in today’s matchup against SDSU: Hunt Seat, 6-4, and in Western, 5-4.
• Seven of the 11 points came from the upperclassmen leadership in today’s match up.
• The Wildcats took home two out of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. In Equitation over Fences: sophomore Molly Dunn and in Horsemanship senior Emily Castellini.
 
Equitation over Fences
• The Wildcats notched the victory today as they outscored the Jackrabbits, 4-1.
• Junior Christina Martinelli rode past SDSU’s Taylor Duerr in a 76-68 victory. 
• Sophomore Ali Brunner fed off of Martinelli’s point as she grasped her own point by a 70-67 decision against Matilyn Skinner.
• Sophomore Halle Kutsche started the 2015-16 season on a good note as she defeated Alissa Greenwald, 80-75 for her fifth career win as a Wildcat.
• Sophomore Molly Dunn then secured the point against Jessica Andronowitz by a score of 83-73, while picking up her first career MOP. 
 
 
Equitation on the Flat
• The final decision came down to the concluding rides in the Flat, as K-State fell to SDSU, 3-2. 
• Junior Henley Adkins out scored Andronowitz of SDSU, 72-55, picking up where she left off in the 2014-15 season.
• Junior Gretchen Koenen, then, clinched the point against Alissa Greenwald by a score of 72-69.
 
Horsemanship
• K-State battled out the discipline with a 3-1 victory.
• K-State received scoring rides from junior Alyssa Lombardi, senior Emily Castellini and junior Sydney Anson. 
• Junior Alyssa Lombardi carded a score of 71 to ride past SDSU’s Angela Lopez, 70.5, gaining a point for Kansas State.
• Castellini tallied her first win of the season and first career MOP with a win over Lexus Hoffman, 73.5-70.5.
• Anson is now (5-10-1) in her career as a Wildcat as she claimed a title against SDSU’s Tori Johnson, 73-69.
 
Reining
• The final score in Reining on Saturday was 3-2, as K-State fell to SDSU.
• Senior Nicholle Hatton clinched her 9thcareer win by riding past SDSU’s Morgan Hall, 71.5-67.5.
• Freshman Taylor Todd made her debut as a Wildcat as she tallied her first career win with a conquest over Makayla Reed, 71-70.5.
 
Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell
• “Getting a win today was a great confidence boost for our team. We struggled on the road last year, and we competed a lot of people today who have not played before, so it was really nice to see them come out and make a statement.”
 
Coming up Next
• The Kansas State equestrian team will look to feed off of their first season win as they head back to Timbercreek Stables for their first home meet of the season as they take on the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Friday, October 9.