Wildcats Drop Matchup with No. 3 Aggies
WACO, Texas – Despite keeping pace early on with No. 3 Texas A&M, the seventh-ranked Kansas State equestrian squad was overtaken late by the Aggies, dropping a 10-6 decision in the first round of the Big 12 Championships Friday afternoon.
K-State (5-8) started the day off strong in the Hunter Seat competition, riding Texas A&M (11-4) to a 2-2 draw in Equitation on the Flat. Junior Natasha Vincent started things off by defeating A&M’s Kristen Bell, 141-136, for her fourth win on the season. Sophomore Stephanie Patterson picked up the other Wildcat point with her 153-123 victory over Brittney Dodsen.
The Wildcats were also able to ride to a 2-2 draw in Equitation Over Fences. Freshman Kristen Rheinlander took the first point for K-State, defeating Lindsay Smith, 147-143. The win marked the third victory for Rheinlander during her freshman campaign, with all three wins coming in the spring season. Senior team captain Kendall Marvin picked up the remaining K-State point, defeating Maggie Earle, 152-138.
The Aggies were able to take control in the Western portion of the show, winning both disciplines by the score of 3-1. In Horsemanship, senior team captain Alyssa Freeman notched her eighth victory of the season, riding past Randi Standley for a 151-144 win.
K-State closed out the competition in the Reining discipline, where senior Tara Hallan extended her remarkable win streak to eight straight competitions by defeating Standly, 144.5-143.5. Hallan hasn’t lost an individual matchup in more than four months, dating all the way back to Nov. 20 at UT-Martin.
The Big 12 Championships will wrap up tomorrow as Texas A&M and Baylor will ride for first place, while K-State and Oklahoma State will meet for the third time this season as they battle it out for third place. Competition will get under way at the Willis Family Equestrian Center at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. Results will be posted on kstatesports.com as soon as they become available.