With the season winding down, senior Kristen Conner is well aware that time is running down for the equestrian team to catch top seed Skidmore.
The team travels to the Morrisville Invitational, the same tournament that opened the season for the squad. The Thoroughbreds, the Red and the hosts are the favorites, while locals Hartwick, Colgate and Cobleskill round out a field of 10 teams facing off in the competition.
“I expect high competition with everyone coming down the end, with one more competition,” Conner said.
With the only other remaining engagement coming at top-dog Skidmore, the importance of this weekend’s get-together is magnified.
“It’s important that we close the gap with [Skidmore],” the veteran rider noted.
Coming off a runner-up finish at the Cornell Invitational, the squad is hoping to continue its momentum.
“Our goal is to gain as many points as possible and to qualify as many people as possible,” Conner observed. “It would be nice to win,” she added.
Juniors Julie Canter and Zoe Orecki are in the running for high point rider and sophomore Kate Cornell and Conner are also battling for top slots.
During its last jaunt to Morrisville, the Red placed second to Skidmore, last year’s regional champion. Conner led a trio of riders that swept the Intermediate Fence Division.
Senior Missy Potter won her Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter class and at the conclusion of this opening tournament was only two points shy of a qualifying bid for the Regional championships.
Cornell is banking on a repeat performance to propel itself past Skidmore in the standings, heading into next weekend’s crucial match up.
Archived article by Gary Schueller