Baylor Perfect in Equestrian Invitational

Oct. 27, 2007

WACO, Texas -

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Baylor claimed the championship of its four-team, round-robin Equestrian Invitational, at the Willis Family Equestrian Center with a perfect 3-0 mark. Stephen F. Austin claimed second place with a tie-breaker win over TCU and Delaware State finished fourth.

Baylor posted victories over TCU (8-4), Stephen F. Austin (8-4) and Delaware State (10-2) to raise its season record to 3-4. Stephen F. Austin was 2-1 while TCU finished at 1-2 and Delaware State completed action at 0-3.

"We had an outstanding two-day competition with a lot of different riders. We coordinated between our Hunter Seat and Western riders to always put a lineup out there that we could win, with but at the same time have some other riders get some experience. One of the reasons we had this tournament was to be able to see a lot of our riders," said head coach Ellen White.

In round two action on Saturday Baylor claimed four points in Hunter Seat competition. In Equitation Over Fences junior Nicole Brown was BU's lone point earner while Heather Healy, a sophomore, claimed a point and MVP honors in Equitation on the Flat with an 81 point ride and junior Shelby White added another point in flat. TCU's Tassie Munroe was Fences MVP with a 79 score.



Western Horsemanship competition saw sophomore Missy Gonzalez and Allison Orosz, also a sophomore, tally points while sophomores Lindsey Tomko and Morgan Williams provided scoring in Reining. TCU swept MVP honors with Morgan Alexander winning in Horsemanship and Jennifer Neel claiming Reining honors.

Also in second round competition, TCU downed Delaware State, 8-4.

Baylor notched its most dominating performance of the season with a 10-2 triumph over Delaware State claiming 5-1 wins in both Hunter Seat and Western disciplines. Healy won her second MVP honor of the tournament when she tallied 77 points in Fences. Adding the final point in Fences, the first of her collegiate career, was freshman Lauren Purkey. Brown, Cara Wilson, a junior, and sophomore Mary Smitson provided a sweep of Flat events. SFA's Cat Brennan was named Flat MVP with a score of 81.

Reining got its first sweep of the season with a 3-0 win over DSU. Claiming wins in Reining were juniors Kim Marlowe, Michelle Reynolds and Nicole McCoy while Tomko and Lindsay Douglas, a sophomore, were victorious in Horsemanship. TCU's Carrie von Uhilt and SFA's Kayle Bernal were MVPs in Horsemanship and Reining, respectively.

At the end of round three, TCU and SFA were tied 6-6 but SFA claimed victory on the tiebreaker, outscoring TCU in all four events 843.5-608.5.

The Bears will close out their fall season when they host Oklahoma State on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco.

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