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WildCats Finish Fourth at ODACs; Tidmore Named Rookie of the Year

Randolph finished fourth on Wednesday at ODACs
Randolph finished fourth on Wednesday at ODACs

For Immediate Release – 4/5/17 - #277
WildCats Finish Fourth at ODACs; Tidmore Named Rookie of the Year

ROANOKE, VA – The Randolph College equestrian team rode at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships on Wednesday.  The WildCats finished fourth at the lone event on the conference calendar, while the host, Hollins University won the title.  Kirby Tidmore took home one of the individual awards, being named Rookie of the Year in the conference.

The ODAC Championship is unlike any show the 'Cats compete in during the year.  Only four riders per team compete, and schools bring their own horses.  All four riders traverse one fence course and are graded by two judges and averaged for a total score.  The bottom score is dropped and the other three are added.  Points (7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) are given to the teams.  The four riders per team go through the same process over a different fences course, with the same scoring taking place.  Then two riders are selected for flat classes, and neither score is dropped.

On Wednesday, the WildCats were in fifth place after the first round over the fences.  However, the four 'Cats – Morgan Hoke, Eliza Gretok, Madeline Davis, and Tidmore – came out very strong in the second course.  The team earned five points for second place, but tied for first, only losing out on the seven because of a tiebreaker (highest point total by individual rider).

But, Randolph could not complete the comeback in the flat.

Tidmore was named rookie of the year, as she earned the most points out of any first-year in the two fences classes.  Tidmore also finished ninth overall, putting her on the All-ODAC team.  Joining her on the All-ODAC team was Hoke.  Hoke finished with an average of 82.125 after the two fences classes, and that was the fourth-highest score out of all riders.

Randolph will have a quick turnaround as the team will compete this weekend.  The WildCats will have individuals and a full team selection competing at the Zone 4 Championships on Saturday, which will be hosted by St. Andrews University.

Final Standings:

1 – Hollins University
2 – Sweet Briar College
3 – Lynchburg College
4 – Randolph College
5 – Bridgewater College
6 – Washington & Lee University