STILLWATER, Okla. – The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team clashed against the No. 3 team in the nation on Saturday but ultimately fell 15-5 to Oklahoma State.
This competition was UT Martin’s eighth matchup against the current NCEA top-10 teams in 2013-14. It also marked the first road matchup for the Skyhawks since Oct. 19.
“We had some great performances,” Skyhawk head coach Meghan Corvin said. “The overall score is not reflective of how competitive we were – many matchups were neck and neck. We were glad to get on the road again and gain some more momentum prior to traveling to South Dakota State for our nonconference tournament.”
Oklahoma State claimed a narrow 6-4 advantage in Hunterseat. Mykaela Van Selus posted a point for UT Martin with a 68-point ride in equitation. The Skyhawks held a 3-2 advantage in equitation over fences, led by Rachel Crinklaw’s MOP ride of 82 points. Reid Rickett (78 points) and Hunter Ralston (76) also accounted for points for UT Martin.
Oklahoma State would expand its lead in Western, sweeping the five horsemanship points although UT Martin was within five points of each head-to-head matchup. Sam Knight’s score of 68.5 earned the Skyhawks a point in reining but Oklahoma State would claim the remaining four points, all by two points or less.
UT Martin will close out the regular season with an appearance at the South Dakota State nonconference tournament on March 28-29.