March 19, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 9 Fresno State equestrian team travels to Martin, Tenn. this weekend to compete against the University of Tennessee Martin SkyHawks and the New Mexico State Aggies. These two matches are the last regular season competitions for the Bulldogs.
A Look At The Competition
The No. 9 Bulldogs will face New Mexico State for the second time in March. In the first meeting, the Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 9-6. The Aggies are 4-7 on the season as they enter this weekend's competition. This is the first meeting of the season for Fresno State and the University of Tennessee Martin. UTM is currently 6-4 on the season.
Bulldogs Jump Into Top 10
After picking up two victories over two ranked opponents in early March, the Fresno State equestrian team jumped into the Top 10 teams in the nation according to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Coaches' Poll. They rank ninth and sit above South Dakota State in 10th, one of the teams they defeated at their last home event of the season.
'Dogs Sweep Competition On Senior Day
The Bulldogs shined on Senior Day as they swept their competition, winning both matches at their last home event of the season. They earned a total of 22 points, eight Most Outstanding Player awards and two team victories against New Mexico State (9-6) and South Dakota State (13-3). Fresno State honored equestrian's seven seniors Friday afternoon in between the two matches: Lisa Beach, Christa Beezley, Lauren Carr, Sydney Coletti, Kimberly HewsonBudnik, Lanie Madrazo and Marisa Mohn.
Four 'Dogs Win Points In Oklahoma
The Bulldogs brought some very strong rides to Oklahoma Saturday afternoon, outscoring the No. 3 OSU Cowgirls 1449.5-1423.5, but when it came to the point total to determine the victory the Bulldogs fell 15-4. In Reining, Sonya Koch and Kirsten McKillop led the way each scoring a point and Lauren Crivelli in Horsemanship earned her point as well. Kimberly HewsonBudnik was the only English rider to earn her point.
HewsonBudnik Wins Two, 'Dogs Fall To TCU
The Fresno State Bulldogs faced the No. 8 Texas Christian Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas and despite a close raw score total, the 'Dogs fell to TCU 14-6. On the Flat, Kimberly HewsonBudnik won her point with her season-high score of 93 Also winning her point on the Flat was Macy Wilson with an 83. HewsonBudnik won her second point of the day in Equitation over Fences (71). Belle Calkin also won her point over Fences scoring a 59. In Horsemanship Kirsten McKillop and Lauren Crivelli won their points and Ciara Kozlowski won her point in Reining.
HewsonBudnik Takes Third
Senior English rider Kimberly HewsonBudnik competed in Equitation over Fences for the Collegiate Equitation Challenge at the Winter Equestrian Festival Friday, Feb. 8. HewsonBudnik had some standout rides propelling her to an overall third place finish out of 16 of the finest collegiate riders.
Wilson Names Sysco Student-Athlete of the Week
Sophomore Macy Wilson went two for two in her match-ups in the double header versus No. 2 Auburn and No. 6 Kansas State. In the morning match against Auburn, Wilson earned her first Most Outstanding Player award of the season for her competitive ride in Equitation on the Flat. She scored a 75 defeating her Auburn opponent by 20 points. In the afternoon match against Kansas State, Wilson won her point again on the Flat with a score of 77.
Wilson, Kozlowski Earn MOP Honors
In the Bulldogs double header on Friday, Feb. 1 the 'Dogs were neck-and-neck with the Auburn Tigers, but fell short 7-8 in a close match. In the afternoon match the Bulldogs fell to the Kansas State Wildcats 12-4. Macy Wilson and Ciara Kozlowski each earned Most Outstanding Player honors for their performances against Auburn.
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