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Equestrian second at Big 12 Championships

By The Mercury

STILLWATER, Okla.—  In a tight contest that came down to the last event, the No. 4 Kansas State (10-6, 4-4 Big 12) equestrian team came up just short, dropping a razor thin decision, 8-6, to No. 3 Oklahoma State on Saturday to take second place at the 2013 Big 12 Equestrian Championships.

The Hunter Seat team had a tough matchup against the Cowgirls, coming up short, 4-3.

The championship round started with Equitation Over Fences, which saw the Wildcats fall behind, 2-1. Kali Yates picked up the lone point, after she defeated OSU rider Andrea Robbins, 164-136.

Equitation on the Flat was just as competitive, with both teams scoring two points. Captain Rachel Webster gave the Wildcats their first point, defeating Ali Rose, 162-138. Another captain, this time Meredith Finch capped off her Big 12 championship career with another win, besting Allie Joyce, 162-159. She improved her season record to 13-1-2.

The Western team faced a tough challenge, dropping 4-3 to OSU.

The Horsemanship team had success, outscoring the Cowgirls, 2-1. Amelia Crites scored an important first point for the Wildcats, after she edged Lindsey McMullen, 134.5-128. Captain Kelly Bovaird scored a team high 142.5, which was a enough to defeat Lauren Halvorson, who carded a 120.

After three events, the score was tied at five apiece heading into Reining. Both teams had great rides, but OSU came out on top, 3-1. Captain Sam Etsell gave the Wildcats the early lead, after she blanked Taylor New, 130-0.

At the conclusion of the Big 12 Championships, Webster and Finch were recognized for their stellar 2013 seasons, as they were named to the All-Big 12 team.

The Wildcats will have a few weeks off before traveling to Waco, Texas to compete in the NCEA Championships, which take April 18-20.

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