Feb. 21, 2002
Oklahoma State's women's equestrian Western team will travel to Canyon, Texas, on Feb. 22 to compete in the last two regional shows of the year at West Texas A&M.
"We are very happy to be in the lead," head coach Larry Sanchez said. "That is five points we don't have to make up right off. We have some hard riding to do before we meet our initial goal. I have been telling the girls to view it as if we were five points behind and need to keep clawing forward instead of relaxing."
The Cowgirls enter the weekend in first place with 123 points, while Texas A&M is in second with 118 points. West Texas A&M and Kansas State round out the top four with 102 and 99 points, respectively.
"I feel like we have been carrying a lot of momentum from the Hunter shows last weekend," Sanchez said. "A lot of the girls were there and the girls that weren't there picked up on the momentum and knew that we weren't done yet, we need to qualify a Western team as well."
Last weekend, the Cowgirl Hunt Seat recorded 15 first-place finishes en route to capturing a birth in the zone championships.
OSU enters the show with four riders that have qualified for regionals and two that are within two points of making the field.
Senior Casie Cavanaugh and sophomore Chandy Hale have both qualified for regionals in Intermediate 2. Cavanaugh finished second at Texas A&M to give her the 35 points needed to qualify, while Hale took fourth at OSU to give her the necessary 35 points.
With two shows remaining, junior Jenny Myles needs two more points to qualify in Intermediate 2, while sophomore Chrissy Meeks needs one point to qualify in the Open category.
The Cowgirls will return to action on March 9 as they travel to Canyon, Texas, to compete at Regionals, hosted by West Texas A&M.