No. 9 TCU Falls to No. 5 K-State in Waco
March 29, 2014
WACO, Texas - No. 9 TCU battled No. 5 Kansas State to a 5-5 draw in Hunt Seat Saturday, but it wasn't enough in the end, falling to the Wildcats on the final day of the 2014 Big 12 Championship, 13-6.
"I am so proud to be a Horned Frog today," said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield, who was honored as the Big 12 Coach of the Year inside the Willis Family Equestrian Center Saturday. "Our riders fought hard, but had a few uncharacteristic mistakes that cost us the meet. We tip our hat to K-State for getting the win and Oklahoma State on being crowned Big 12 Champions. We are looking forward to the NCEA Championships in a few weeks and will be hard at work in preparation."
With the loss, the Horned Frogs, who outscored K-State, 2,865-2,201, moved to 6-8 overall. Following Saturday's outing, freshman Rylee Morgan was named the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Performer in Horsemanship. The Utah native went 2-0 over the weekend in the discipline.
The Frogs made quick work of K-State in Equitation over Fences, upending the Wildcats, 4-1. Junior Kaitlin Perry got the Purple and White going, downing Henley Adkins, 167-158. Freshman Molly Peddicord followed with a 162-145 dismantling of Rachel Webster. Sophomore's Nicole Diamantis and Taylor Alexander rounded out TCU's victories, dropping Madison Wayda and Alexis Graves, respectively.
Perry continued her winning ways on the Flat Saturday, riding Overtime to a 145-141 victory over Adkins. Coming off her win Friday, freshman Kari Hancock appeared to have scored a point for the Frogs in the discipline, but dropped a hard fought 144-142 decision to Jacquelyn Bogslad.
On the Western side, the Frogs had a tough time with K-State Saturday as the Wildcats upended TCU to the tune of 8-1. Morgan was the lone Frog to score a point in Horsemanship, defeating Chayna DeNicolo, 146.5-144. She has now won five out of her last seven and will take a 6-3-0 mark in the discipline into nationals. Fellow freshman Brooke Boyle had success in Reining, battling Savannah Smith to a 138.5-138.5 draw. With the tie, Boyle went 1-0-1 at the championship.
TCU will have a couple of weeks off before returning to Waco for the 2014 NCEA National Championships on Thursday, April 17.
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