Equestrians Finish In Eighth
Poor Team Showing is Balanced by Individual SuccessesBy Jenny J. Lee
Cynthia A. Randles ’00 qualified for regional competition in a rain-dampened show at held at Apple Knoll Farm and hosted by Tufts University. The MIT riders accumulated 15 points and finished eighth out of nine teams.
The day started out bright and sunny as riders competed over fences in the morning. Kristen E. Landino ’02 placed fifth in the open over fences division. Jenny J. Lee ’02 won third place in her intermediate jumping class. Sarah W. Low ’02 also competed in the intermediate division, and placed sixth over fences.
Junlin Ho ’01 gave a solid performance in her novice jumping class against a large number of other competitors, but did not place.
A sudden downpour after the conclusion of the morning jumping classes forced competitors to move into the indoor arena for the remainder of the day. On the flat, Cynthia A. Randles ’00 placed third in the walk-trot division, earning enough points to qualify her for regionals, which will be hosted by Boston University and held at Holly Hill Show Stable in the spring. In the next show, Randles will move up to the walk-trot-canter division.
Diana S. Cheng ’03 also placed third in her walk-trot class. Lee rode in the intermediate flat and placed fourth. In the novice flat, Ho placed sixth, bringing her to within four points of qualifying for regionals in that division. Megan D. McLemore ’00 competed in the advanced walk-trot-canter division, and won sixth place.
Team points are tallied at each show by adding up the points earned by one “points rider” per division, who is designated by the coach before the start of the competition. This ensures that large teams do not have an unfair advantage over smaller teams.
The equestrian team will continue to train with Coach Kate Alderfer-Candela in preparation for their final competition of the season on Saturday, December 4, which will be co-hosted by MIT and Endicott College.