EQUESTRIAN TEAM WRAPS UP FINAL HOME WEEKEND OF THE SEASON WITH A SPLIT
March 9, 2014
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian squad concluded its final two home events of the season this past weekend, downing Minnesota-Crookston on Friday before coming up just short against No. 1 South Carolina on Saturday.
UT Martin began the eventful weekend with an 11-5 victory over Minnesota-Crookston, boasting a 6-2 edge in Hunterseat with a 5-3 advantage in Western.
The Skyhawks swept all four points in equitation, led by Mykaela Van Selus’ 87-point ride which earned her MOP accolades. Reid Rickett (87 points), Hunter Ralston (85) and Kaylan Herbst (77) also chalked up points to get UT Martin off to a hot start.
Rickett continued her remarkable day with an MOP ride in equitation over fences, garnering 79 points from the judges. Nora Wilson’s 64-point ride also resulted in a point for the Skyhawks.
In horsemanship, Kenzie Perry captured MOP honors with a score of 72. Cora Rogalski also earned a point for UT Martin with a 69.5-point performance.
UT Martin was responsible for three points in reining, led by Sam Knight’s MOP score of 69.5 points. Megan Marie Foley (69 points) and Laney Hixson (66.5) also came up with big performances for the Skyhawks.
Saturday served as Senior Day for UT Martin, as seniors Melanie Aiosa, Erin Douglas, Laurel Ellzey and Herbst took part in their final home competition at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion. The Skyhawks traded blows with South Carolina until the end before falling by a narrow margin against the No. 1 team in the latest NCEA rankings.
The Skyhawks fell 3-2 in equitation but did boast Ralston, who earned MOP honors with an 86-point ride. Van Selus also tallied a point for UT Martin with an 84-point performance.
Rickett (83 points) and Ralston (80) each chalked up points for the Skyhawks in equitation over fences to conclude the Hunterseat portion of the event.
Ellzey’s 71.5 points and Brittany Woodard’s 69.5 points in horsemanship resulted in a pair of points for UT Martin.
In reining, Katie Kallevig garnered a point for the Skyhawks with a 68-point effort. Despite several other strong performances, that would be the only point UT Martin would tally in the final event.
The Skyhawks’ challenging schedule resumes next Saturday, March 15 when they travel to No. 3 Oklahoma State. It will be the eighth opponent that is in the NCEA current top-10 rankings that UT Martin will have faced so far this season.