Feb. 2, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State equestrian student-athlete Rachel Wetherell was named National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the Month for her performance in the Western Arena for the month of January, in an announcement from the NCEA on Thursday.
A sophomore from Linn Grove, Iowa, Wetherell secured two wins in January, with both of those victories coming on back-to-back days. On January 27, Wetherell downed Megan Gould of New Mexico State, 73-69, to help propel K-State to a 14-6 victory over the Aggies. The following day, Wetherell knocked off Heidi Grimm of Tennessee-Martin, 72.5-70.5. On top of the win, she earned match-MVP honors, the first such award of her Wildcat career.
"Rachel is an exceptional athlete and is very much deserving of this award," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. "She has been successful her entire career at K-State both academically and athletically and she has worked hard to earn this recognition."
New Mexico State rider Amy Lang was named Hunt Seat Rider of the Month by the NCEA. Like Wetherell, Lang registered a 2-0 record, with one match-MVP award in the month of January.
The sixth-ranked K-State equestrian team will take a month-long break before traveling to College Station, Texas, to take on the third-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on March 2. The Wildcat's next home match will be held on March 17 as they host Big 12 foe, Oklahoma State.