MARTIN, Tenn.— The seventh-ranked Kansas State equestrian team claimed three of the four match-MVP awards and shook off a slow start to defeat host Tennessee-Martin, 10-10 on Saturday.
K-State trailed the Skyhawks, 10-5 going into the final discipline, but the Wildcat Reining squad closed out the match with a 5-0 victory to force a 10-10 tie, with K-State earning the victory on a 1440.5-1304.5 raw score tiebreaker.
With Saturday’s win over UTM, K-State (5-5) is now on a three-match winning streak, with two of those wins coming over nationally-ranked opponents, in No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 8 New Mexico State.
“I am glad to have another win under our belt but today was definitely not as strong of a showing by our riders as yesterday,” K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth said. “I was proud to spread the MVP rides to another three riders today — Rachel Wetherell, Rachel Webster, and Jesse Johnson really shined today in their respective events. Tennessee-Martin rode really strong today so I have to hand it to their team for a well-fought competition.”
In the Hunt Seat arena, UT-Martin knocked off K-State by a total score of 7-3.
In Equitation Over Fences, junior Sarah Mershon picked up the lone point for the Wildcats as they fell to the Skyhawks, 4-1. In Equitation on the Flat, K-State’s Rachel Webster garnered match-MVP honors with her winning ride over UTM’s Hunter Ralston. Junior Larissa Laffey rode past Skyhawk rider Mykalea Van Salus, 77-65, to pick up her seventh victory of the season.
On the Western side, K-State defeated UTM by an overall score of 7-3.
In Horsemanship, Wetherell knocked off UTM’s Heidi Grimm, 72.5-70.5 to pick up match-MVP honors and her second win of the weekend. Fellow sophomore Chayna DeNicolo rode past her counterpart from UTM to close out the scoring in the discipline.
In Reining, Johnson notched her first-career match-MVP award and her fourth win of the year by slipping by Skyhawk rider Carly Lamb, 74-72. Senior Alayna Warner rode past UTM’s Candice Fulcher, 70.5-69.5. Junior Sam Etsell blanked Heidi Grimm, 73-0 to notch the third win of the discipline.
Sophomores Jordan Cox and Emily Stockford both defeated their UTM counterparts to close out the scoring for the Wildcats.
K-State will return to action on March 2 as it heads to College Station, Texas to take on the second-ranked Texas A&M Aggies from the Brazos County Expo Center.