Wildcats open Big 12 Championships as No. 3 seed

Taylor Schimidt, sophomore hunter seat, rides Flynn during the over fences part of the competition at the K-State vs. Baylor Equestrian meet on Feb. 28, 2015 at Timbercreek Stables. The Wildcats had a victory against #1 Bears 10-8. (Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

Coming off back-to-back upsets of ranked Big 12 foes, the No. 10 nationally-ranked K-State equestrian team looks to ride their two-match winning streak into the Big 12 Championships starting today in Springtown, Texas.

The Wildcats are slated as the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 2-seed Oklahoma State. The winner of that match will face the winner of Baylor and TCU in the championship match on Saturday. A third-place match will also take place between the losing teams on Saturday.

“Our team has been working extremely hard to prepare for the Big 12 Championship this week and are excited to be entering the post season,” K-State head coach Casie Maxwell said to K-State Sports.

The Wildcats and Cowgirls split the season series this year, with each team holding serve at home. In the most recent match, the Cowgirls picked up a 13-7 home victory.

K-State senior Madison Wayda looks to continue her All Big-12 caliber season with a strong performance in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. Wayda is 1-1 against the Cowgirls this season in both of the disciplines.

The Wildcats and Cowgirls are slated to begin their match at 10 a.m. at Turning Point Ranch in Springtown, Texas.