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Jacks edge Pioneers in equestrian

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/23/2012 15:29:25
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Three South Dakota State riders earned MVP honors, but the Jackrabbits needed a higher raw score to defeat Sacred Heart in equestrian action on Sunday in Fairfield, Conn.

The Jacks and Pioneers tied at 8-8 at the end of the show, but SDSU compiled a raw score of 1,092.5 to 848 by SHU to secure the victory, which boosts the Jackrabbits record to 3-6 on the season. Sacred Heart falls to 0-4 in NCEA competition.

"We're very excited about the win today," head coach Megan Rossiter said. "We put together some great rides on some challenging horses."

Megan Violand scored a 76 in equitation on the flat to earn MVP honors, but just like all four MVP selections on the day, did not win the point. Jenna Boscardin earned the MVP nod in over fences, but Santana Wright and Violand scored the only two points for SDSU in hunt seat competition.

On the Western side, Hannah Stone, Hillery Baysinger and Maggie Holzworth all earned points in horsemanhip, but MVP Kelsey Champagne did not get her point, which went to SHU's Adrianna Dattoli.

Holzworth, Laura Dunlavy and Helen Lauth all won points for the Jacks in reining, but the MVP went to Molly-Kate Carven from Sacred Heart.

The Jackrabbit hunt seat team returns to action on March 2, when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas to take on SMU, while both the western and hunt seat squads compete together again on March 3, at TCU.

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