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KSU equestrian beats South Dakota State

By The Mercury

BROOKINGS, S.D. — With the score notched at nine apiece, Henley Adkins came up big for the fifth-rankedKansas State equestrian team Saturday, as the freshman scored the winning point to give the Wildcats a 10-9 victory over South Dakota State.

In addition to the dramatic win, K-State swept all four Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors on the day.

Heading into Equitation on the Flat, both teams were tied at seven points each. Cat Avolese then struck first, scoring the first point for the Wildcats after she edged out SDSU’s Marielle Golden, 73-71.

After the Jackrabbits took the next point, Madison Wayda answered right back to give the lead back to K-State with a 71-69 win over her counterpart.

SDSU once again took the next point, setting up the dramatics for the final point. With the pressure building on Adkins, the freshman delivered the best ride of the event and recorded a high-score of 80 to give her team the win.

K-State finished Equitation on the Flat with a 3-2 advantage, while Adkins took home one of her MOP honors.

The Wildcats found themselves down early, after dropping a close 3-2 decision in Equitation Over Fences.

Wayda gave K-State its first point of the day, as she took down Blair Julia Wright, 83-80. After two straight SDSU points, Adkins scored an 85 — an event high. The Moorpark, Calif., product earned the MOP for the event.

The Western team faced a tough lineup, but was able to overcome the Jackrabbits, 5-4.

K-State’s Reiners proved to be a dominant force, winning the event 3-1.

The Wildcats will have a couple of weeks off before traveling to Stillwater, Okla., for a Big 12 showdown with No. 7 Oklahoma State. The Wildcats return to home action on Feb. 28 for a conference clash with No. 3 Baylor.

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