Nov. 9, 2013
MARTIN, Tenn. – After suffering two consecutive losses to Big 12 opponents, the No.7 Kansas State equestrian team got back into the win column with victories over No.10 SMU and UT-Martin. K-State took down the Mustangs 13-6, while knocking off the Skyhawks, 10-8. Between the two victories, the Wildcats had five riders earn Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors.
Against UT-Martin, the Hunter Seat team had a successful day winning, 6-3.
The Equitation Over Fences took down UTM, 3-2. Cat Avolese opened the event with a high score of 84 to best Nora Wilson. Avolese took home the MOP award for the event. Alexis Graves brought home a point for the Wildcats, as she defeated Hunter Ralston, 73-68. The last point was scored by Madison Wayda. The senior recorded an 82, on her way to defeating Rachel Crinklaw.
In Equitation on the Flat, the Wildcats were just as strong, winning 3-1. Rachel Webster gave the Wildcats the first point when she defeated Reid Rickett, 85-84. Henley Adkins continued the momentum for K-State, winning her head-to-head matchup against Kaylan Herbst. Jacquelyn Bogstad had the best ride of the day, racking up an impressive 94, to take her point and the MOP.
The Western team dropped a close competition, 5-4, to the Skyhawks.
K-State’s Horsemanship team defeated UT-Martin, 3-2. Chayna DeNicolo put K-State on the board first with her 72.5-66.5 victory over Jordan Elmore. Danielle Kemper followed with a strong performance of her own, carding a 72.5 on her ride to earn the point for the Wildcats. Kelly Bovaird showed why she was named Big 12 and NCEA Rider of the Month, when she picked up her first win of the day. Bovaird edged out McKenzie Perry, 71.5-71.
UTM’s Reiners were able to get the better of the Wildcats, taking the event, 3-1. Kara Guy was the lone point scorer for the Wildcats. She defeated Katie Kallevig, 69-68.
The Wildcats were even better against the No.10 Mustangs. The Western team dominated their counterparts, 7-2, while the Hunter Seat team won 6-4.
In their match against SMU, the Horsemanship team built off of the success against UT-Martin, winning 4-1. Kemper gave the Wildcats their first point with a 72-71.5 win against Hannah McCain. Amelia Crites recorded a 72.5 in her victory to take home MOP honors. Bovaird picked up her second win of the day, as she defeated Kristen Schramm, 72.5-70. The final Wildcat point was earned by DeNicolo, after SMU’s Courtney Line was only able to muster a 70.5, falling shy of DeNicolo’s mark of 71.5.
“It was a surreal experience to win not one but both competitions back-to-back today,” said Crites. “We really came together as a team and rose to the occasion to accomplish these wins. Plus, winning five of the eight MOP’s is another outstanding achievement as well and it shows the kind of caliber team we really are.”
The Reiners flipped the script on SMU, besting them, 3-1. Margaret Peine carded a 72 for the first Wildcat point. Jordan Cox followed with a 69, to defeat Hannah McCain. Guy picked up her second win of the day and took home the MOP accolade.
“It was really exciting to hear that I had won MOP, but I think the credit is due to my team and coaches,” said Guy. “We all have been so on-point and confident in practices, which allowed me to go into the arena and show just like we had been working at home.”
Against SMU, the Equitation Over Fences team were just edged out, 3-2 by the Mustangs. Avolese once again gave the Wildcats their first point, this time defeating Emma Roberts, 74-68. Adkins secured a point for K-State, when she was able to best Adeline Audette, 80-77.
K-State nearly swept Equitation o the Flat, winning 4-1. Webster picked up another win on the day this time dispatching of Sylvia de Toledo. Adkins came through for the Wildcats, picking up another win. Wayda took home the MOP after her 85-80 victory. Bogstad wrapped things up with a win over Adeline Audette.
K-State has one meet remaining on its fall schedule. The Wildcats will host No. 1 Georgia on Nov.22, at Timbercreek Stables.