WACO, Texas – The 12th-seeded Texas A&M equestrian team dropped a narrow, 8-7 meet to No. 5 seed Kansas State in the first round of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Championships on Thursday at the Extraco Events Center. With the loss, the Aggies end the 2013-14 season at 2-11 and 1-5 in Southeastern Conference action. Kansas State improves to 6-2-1 and goes on to face No. 4 seed and defending overall national champion Auburn.
Texas A&M was led by sophomores Marlena Parker and Hannah Williams, who each contributed a pair of wins in the hunter seat ring.
The day started out strong as the Aggies took a 3-0 victory in reining on wins from Lindsey Bernbaum, Ashley Skold and Laura Sumrall. Bernbaum earned the highest score of the event as she defeated her opponent 145-144.
A 2-2 split in equitation on the flat kept Texas A&M in a three-point lead. Williams and Parker each won their rides and the Aggies once again earned the highest score of the event. Williams’ 157 was a flat best as she rode to a 24-point victory – the biggest deficit of the meet. Parker’s 150 was the second-highest flat score.
Kansas State swept horsemanship, 4-0, to gain a narrow lead at 6-5. Molli Jacobs had the Aggies’ highest score in the event, dropping her ride by just one point at 145-146.
Texas A&M needed to win by two points in equitation over fences, and the Aggies came up just short of that goal as the teams tied, 2-2, for the second time of the day in hunter seat. Williams and Parker again contributed wins in the ring for Texas A&M, each winning by two.
The 7-8 loss for the Aggies ends the team’s season after having reached the NCEA Championships for the third-straight year.