No. 5 Baylor equestrian (1-1) won its season opener over South Dakota State (0-1), 14-2, and take a big lead into day two in a split meet with New Mexico State (0-1), leading 6-2 at the half way mark at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
The Bears will finish the meet with NMSU beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, closing out the tournament with a showdown with Fresno State (1-0), set to start at approximately 12 p.m.
Opening with SDSU, BU wasted little time taking control of the meet, taking fences, 3-1, and reining, 4-0, to open a 7-1 lead in the meet at the half way mark.
In fences, Sam Howell, Shannon Hogue, and Sophie Rueben all took their points in fences, with Rueben, a freshman rider from Weston, Conn., notching the first Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor of her collegiate career.
In reining, the Bears made a clean sweep, with Abbi Demel, Maddison Smith, Michelina Carbone, and Ginger Chant securing points for BU. Chant earned the MOP, posting a meet-high 68.5.
Baylor didn’t slow much in the second half, securing a 4-0 sweep in the flat and a 3-1 win in horsemanship.
On the flat, Alicia Gasser, Rachel Van Allen, Howell, and Hogue all picked up points for the Bears, with Howell posting the high-mark of 86, earning the MOP nod.
In horsemanship, Ingrid Lecot, Kaylee Mellott, and Charlotte Green cruised BU to the 7-1 finish in the Western events, with Mellott’s 76 crushing the meet-high for either side, picked as the MOP.
In Baylor’s meet with New Mexico State, the Bears carry 3-1 advantages in flat and reining into Saturday’s finish, with a full recap to follow the conclusion of tomorrow’s meets with NMSU and Fresno State.
Freshman Sophie Rueben notched an MOP honor in her collegiate debut for the Bears.
The four MOP selections for the Bears are the first of the season for the Baylor squad.
STAT OF THE DAY
7-1 – the win margin in both the Hunter Seat and Western disciplines, securing the 14-2 meet win for the Bears.
Baylor closes out the Willis Invitational with the second half of the meet with NMSU, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. BU will then flip to the third round of the tournament, facing Fresno State to close out the event, scheduled to start at approximately noon.