Friday, March 1, 2019

No. 1 Auburn takes 12-8 road win at No. 2 Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team used big performances Friday to take a 12-8 road win vs. No. 2 Texas A&M at the Hildebrand Equine Complex. The win moved the Tigers to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

"Most good horsemen will say they often learn more from the horse they are riding than what they are teaching it," head coach Greg Williams said "Today, we had some horses expose what we need to be ready for and an education with a win is the best kind. Coaches Jessica Braswell and Mary Meneely are the two best position coaches in the country and will help the team add to their arsenal. I'm very proud of this team for not just getting a road win in the SEC, but also against the No. 2 group in the country."

Highlighting today's efforts was that of senior Lauren Diaz in Horsemanship. With her 76-75 win over Alex Albright, the Heath, Ohio, product became the winningest Tiger in the event. Her victory pushed her to 38 career wins, surpassing Griffin Knight's (2012-16) 37.

"I am thrilled to see Lauren get the career record today," Williams said. "I had Griffin on the phone for her when she finished her ride. Lauren has always looked at breaking the record as motivation for her arena work, but she has also wanted to become a great leader like Griffin. I'm so proud of her for obtaining both goals!"

The Horsemanship corps finished the day with a 3-2 mark as two sophomores in Taylor Searles and Deanna Green also picked up wins for the Tigers. Searles bested her opponent by four points, 72-68, while Green edged hers with a 74.5-74 victory.

The Equitation Over Fences group also went 3-2 in the first half of competition. Freshman Emma Kurtz earned her sixth win of the year with an 83-77 victory over Grace Boston. Sophomore Taylor St. Jacques followed with an 86-85 edge over her opponent before freshman McKayla Langmeier scored 84 points in her win. Langmeier moved to a perfect 8-0-0 in the event.

After intermission, the Equitation on the Flat crew put together yet another dominating performance, sweeping the Aggies and picking up its fourth sweep in the last five meets.

Langmeier moved to 9-0 on the year with an 87-75 victory, while senior Hayley Iannotti also earned her ninth victory of the year with an 87. Senior Ashton Alexander outscored her opponent, 86-83, before St. Jacques garnered MOP honors with a 92-82 victory. Senior Caitlin Boyle capped the event with an 85-74 win.

Sophomore Terri-June Granger picked up a victory in Reining for the Tigers. The Dothan, Ala., product earned MOP recognition for her 70-66.5 win over Ashton Dunkel.

Cowgirls Earn First Road Win

HARRINGTON, Del. – The sixth-ranked Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated Delaware State, 10-5, Friday at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

The win was OSU's (5-5) third in a row and first road win of the season.

After a two hour weather delay, the meet started with Equitation Over Fences. OSU split the event, 2-2. Sydnie Ziegler and Hannah Janson recorded points for the Cowgirls.

OSU's No. 2 Reining squad entered the arena next. Stephanie Helsen started the event by giving the Cowgirls a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. She defeated DSU's Grace Wilson, 70-68.5.

Team captain Hannah Mitchell followed suit, completing back-to-back points for the Cowgirls. Hunter De Jane closed out Reining with a 62.5-0 victory.

Leading 5-3 at the midway point, the teams transitioned to Equitation on the Flat and Horsemanship.

Ziegler collected her second point of the day with an 83-71 victory against Gabrielle Fournier in Flat, tying her season-high in the process.

Team captain Sarah Miller set her season-high in Horsemanship after a 76.5-73 decision. Harley Huff also tied her season-high en route to a 77-69.5 victory.

The Flat team won, 3-1 while Horsemanship took a 2-1 advantage.

OSU's Horsemanship team has won their past five events.

Oklahoma State also started its meet against South Dakota State today. The teams split both Fences and Horsemanship, 2-2.

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