Oct. 18, 2013
WACO, Texas - The No. 4 Kansas State equestrian team came up short on the road against No. 7 Baylor, dropping a 15-5 decision on Friday. The Wildcats had two riders earn Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors.
The Wildcats were very competitive in the Hunter Seat, but were unable to overcome a strong performance by Baylor, falling 7-3.
The day started with Equitation Over Fences with Baylor jumping out to an early 4-1 lead after the event. Freshman Henley Adkins scored the lone point for K-State, as Moorpark, Calif., native scored an event-high 87 to defeat Baylor's Jenny Mitchell. Her performance was recognized when she was awarded the MOP in the event.
"Winning an MOP is incredible, especially since it is my first one," said Adkins. "It is even better that I could do it at an away show, it just makes me feel confident that I am where I need to be and that I am ready to do more."
K-State dropped Equitation on the Flat, 3-2, to the Bears. Adkins once again came up big for the Wildcats, defeating Baylor's Kate Riddle, 61-57, for her second win of the day. Captain Madison Wayda had the best ride of the event, scoring a 77 to win her head-to-head match-up. Wayda picked up the second MOP of the day for K-State with her win.
"It was exciting winning another MOP in Equitation on the Flat," said Wayda. "I think we should be able to take the fire that we had at the end of the competition and carry it on into tomorrow against TCU."
The Western side met one of its toughest challenges of the season in Baylor. The Wildcats were defeated 8-2 by the Bears.
The Horsemanship team put together a great ride, but fell to Baylor, 4-1. The lone point was scored by Kelly Bovaird, as the senior captain downed Gillian Chant, 72.5-69. The win was her fifth of the season.
K-State's Reining team was also stopped, 4-1, by Baylor. Jordan Cox led the charge for the Wildcats, posting an impressive 75 on her ride to defeat Elizabeth Shank.
The Wildcats dropped to 3-2 on the season and will have a quick turnaround, when the team travels to Fort Worth on Saturday for a showdown with No. 6 TCU.