Bennett Leads K-State to First, Second-Place Finishes
Feb. 16, 2002
College Station, Texas - Stillwell, Kan., native, Natalie Bennett led the Kansas State hunt equestrian team with three first-place finishes and tied as the second show's High Point Rider. The team finished first Saturday afternoon and second Friday evening at the N.W. Dick Freeman Arena in the first two of three shows hosted by Texas A&M.
Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats were able to hold off Texas A&M by one point and Oklahoma State by three points to earn the win.
Bennett, a freshman, had first-place trophies in novice fences and novice flat. Allison Woodworth in open fences, and Christy Conforti in beginner walk/trot/canter were also able to take home first-place medals. Wildcats receiving second-place trophies were Stephanie Angalet in walk/trot, Sarah Waxman in intermediate fences and Amanda Gilbert in beginner walk/trot/canter.
On Friday evening, Kansas State tallied 32 points, good enough for second place, trailing Oklahoma State by six. The 'Cats were able to have individuals place in one of the top six slots in all but one of the catagories during the show.
Individuals attaining first-place trophies for the Wildcats were Bennett in novice fences, Conforti in beginner walk/trot/canter and Woodworth and Maureen Reynolds in open fences. Earning second-place finishes were Angie Guglielmino in novice fences, Angalet in walk/trot/canter, Kristy Rue in intermediate flat, Waxman in intermediate flat and Megan Hemberger in beginner walk/trot/canter.
Kelli Wilson (advanced walk/trot/canter) and Woodworth (open fences) joined Lindsey Hill (walk/trot) and Guglielmino (intermediate flat) in qualifying for the Regional competition on March 9, hosted by West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas.
Meghan Cunningham, the hunt coach, said "Our riders are really pulling together and performing consistently. I hope to stay as consistent as we have been and to be at the top of our regional by tomorrow evening."
Going into Sunday's third show, Oklahoma State leads Kansas State 211-207 in overall standings. The show begins at 8 a.m. at the N.W. Dick Freeman Arena.
1. Kansas State 33
Open Fences -1. Allison Woodworth, 4. Dehlia Burden, 5. Maureen Reynolds
1. Oklahoma State 38
Open Fences - 1. Allison Woodworth, 1. Maureen Reynolds, 6. Dehlia Burden