Avolese, Bovaird earn Big 12 honors

By The Mercury

K-State’s Cat Avolese and Kelly Bovaird were among five athletes names March Riders of the Month, in an announcement by the Big 12 offince on Wednesday.

Avolese took the honor in Equitation on the Flat, while Bovaird earned her second Horsemanship honor.

A native of St. James, N.Y., Avolese was a perfect 3-0 during March in Equitation on the Flat. She picked up her first win against TCU’s Kaitlin Perry on March 8.

During the Big 12 Championship, the senior provided the Wildcats with two big wins. The second came against Oklahoma State, where she defeated Jorden Davis 150-138. The third was a 152-138 win over TCU’s Molly Peddicord.

Hailing from Tulsa, Okla., Bovaird also had a perfect March, compiling a 3-0 record with one Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor. The senior earned her first win of the month in dramatic fashion, defeating TCU’s Rylee Morgan on the final ride on Senior Day.

Bovaird also picked up two wins during the Big 12 Championship — wins over OSU’s Ty Paris and TCU’s Erin Gillette. This is also Bovaird’s second Big 12 Rider of the Month honor for this season, as she earned the honor in October.

The Wildcats are preparing for the NCEA National Championshipon April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. The Wildcats will face Texas A&M in the first round.

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