Feb. 28, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After dropping a road meet at No. 5 Baylor earlier this season, the No. 7 Kansas State equestrian team got a measure of revenge with a 11-9 win over the Bears on Friday at Timbercreek Stables. Seniors Cat Avolese and Emily Stockford took home Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors.
“It was a huge conference win and we definitely needed this,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “We are trying to stay undefeated at home like we did in the fall semester and we want to finish that up next weekend. Our team rode excellent and the energy was excellent today. We just need to build off of that heading into the postseason.”
In the Hunter Seat discipline, K-State stepped their game up and took down the Bears, 6-4.
The day started with Equitation Over Fences, which saw the Wildcats win 3-2. Madison Wayda scored the first point of the day for K-State, after she edged out Paige Parker, 79-78. Rachel Webster gave the Wildcats back-to-back points when she carded an 82 to overtake Alicia Gasser’s 75. Avolese wrapped up the event for the home team with an 80-78 victory over Savannah Jenkins. Freshman Christina Martinelli had an excellent exhibition ride, scoring an 81 on her way to a victory.
K-State saw the same kind of success in Equitation on the Flat, also winning the event 3-2. Avolese earned the first of three straight points for the Wildcats, racking up an event high 82 on her ride against Paige Parker. Her win over Parker was the most impressive on the day and earned her MOP status. Freshman Henley Adkins had the largest margin of victory in her 80-71 win over Jennifer Mitchell. Webster ended the scoring spree with her second victory of the day with an 80-72 win over Gasser.
“The win feels amazing,” said Avolese. “The last time we were on the road and saw Baylor, it was disappointing. I think that the energy had a lot to do with it today. It is always powerful when we are at home and it was just a great win and I am proud of my team.”
Two of the best Western teams in the nation put on a show, playing to a 5-5 tie.
Reining began the Western competition, with K-State once again winning 3-2. Captain Jordan Cox picked up a win, when she narrowly edged Shelbey Jackson, 66-64. After Baylor earned the second point, Stockford struck back with an MOP winning performance. The senior from Cave Creek, Ariz., picked up a decisive 70.5-68.5 win over Mary Brown. Savannah Smith ended the event on a high note, with a strong 69-61.5 against Jessica Leach.
“It was awesome to get this win,” said Stockford. “We have been practicing really hard for it and have been preparing for weeks. It felt great to win as a team.”
K-State’s Horsemanship team put together some of their best rides of the season, but dropped a very close 3-2 decision to the Bears. Amelia Crites earned the first of the two points, with a 72-62.5 rout of Rachel Nankervis. Kelly Bovaird followed Crites’ win with a 72.5-69.5 victory of her own. Libby Tudor and Alyssa Lombardi picked up exhibition wins.
K-State finishes the regular season on March 8, when No. 8 TCU visits Timbercreek Stables on Senior Day. The meet is free and open to the public.