UT MARTIN EQUESTRIAN COMES IN AT NO. 8 IN LAST NCEA RANKINGS OF MARCH

March 27, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. –
For the 16th consecutive poll, the University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team is listed amongst the nation’s elite as the Skyhawks are ranked No. 8 in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Farnam top-10 rankings released today.

Idle since March 16, UT Martin has now been ranked eighth for five straight weeks and has been represented in every NCEA poll since Oct. 10.

The Skyhawks have tallied 79 victories as a team this season, producing 40 wins in the Western discipline and 39 victories in the Hunt Seat discipline. UT Martin has garnered 21 wins in equitation over fences, 20 in horsemanship, 20 in reining and 18 in equitation on the flat.

Abbie Hopkins has piled up a team-best seven wins in equitation over fences, also accounting for a team-high 80.3 scoring average. She is tied with Monika Zoromski for the team lead with two MOP’s in the event.

In horsemanship, Bobbie Piddock leads the squad with five victories while Tess Baumann guides the Skyhawks with a 72.9 scoring average and a pair of MOP’s.

Madeline Williams and Noel Meadows share the team lead with six wins in reining. Williams also holds the highest scoring average (69.8) and most MOP’s (two) on the team in the event.

Equitation on the flat is guided by Zoromski’s six victories while Randi LaChance carries the team lead with a 77.8 scoring average and a pair of MOP accolades.

Today’s NCEA top-10 poll once again was unchanged from the previous week, featuring Georgia at No. 1. Auburn followed at No. 2 while Oklahoma State (No. 3), Texas A&M (No. 4) and TCU (No. 5) rounded out the top-five. The rankings were followed by No. 6 SMU, No. 7 Baylor, No. 8 UT Martin, No. 9 South Dakota State and No. 10 South Carolina.

The Skyhawks return to action this weekend when they take on Fresno State in the first round of the United Equestrian Conference Championship on Friday, March 30. UT Martin will then face off against either No. 6 SMU or No. 9 South Dakota State in the tournament championship or consolation on Saturday, March 31. The two-day event is being held at the Dallas Equestrian Center in Dallas, Texas.



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