March 2, 2013
WACO, Texas -
The second-ranked Auburn equestrian team came from behind to beat the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears, 1603.75-1599.5, in raw score Saturday. Auburn improved to 9-2 (4-2 SEC), while Baylor fell to 10-5 (3-3 Big 12).
“Our girls rode really well,” Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. “Even though we only picked up one MOP, I feel really good about their efforts. Baylor did a great job hosting and rode really well themselves, so I am proud of the girls for coming away with a road win.”
The meet ended in a 10-10 tie, forcing the raw score decision, as Baylor won Hunt Seat, 6-4, and Auburn won Western, 6-4.
The Tigers earned points over fences from Hasbrouck Donovan (79-73), Jennifer Waxman (87-81) and Elizabeth Benson (88-86). Donovan was the only Auburn rider to earn a point on the flat (86-75).
“It was a total team effort today,” Donovan said. “We were able to get off to a strong start over fences while western finished on top in reining. The support and cheering from the girls has been contagious in the arena.”
Auburn utilized strong rides in both horsemanship and reining to pull even with Baylor after the final two events, as the Tigers won each Western event, 3-2.
Indy Roper (73.5-69), Stephanie Rucci (74.5-71) and Griffin Knight (72.5-72) earned points in horsemanship, while Roper (73.5-72.5), Hailey Munger (72-67.5) and MOP winner Cheyenne Cracraft (72.5-71) won their points in reining.
“Overall, the entire team rode well,” Cracraft said. “This is the perfect time of year to be on the road because it challenges our ability, as well as our adaptability. I am very proud of how the reiners rode today. We knew we had ot ride with confidence in order to succeed, and that is exactly what we did. Being named MOP is an honor, and I really enjoyed the horse I rode. I’m certainly the most proud of how the entire team rode in order to get the win.”
Auburn returns to action Sunday in its final regular season meet at eighth-ranked TCU. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT.
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