Alana Pastula's First-Place Finish Leads Equestrian at Albion College in Regular Season Finale

Sophomore Alana Pastula, left, and Morgan Petriko pose with ribbons won by the Adrian College equestrian at the regular season finale for hunt seat. (Photo provided)
Sophomore Alana Pastula, left, and Morgan Petriko pose with ribbons won by the Adrian College equestrian at the regular season finale for hunt seat. (Photo provided)

ALBION, Mich.--Sophomore Alana Pastula took first place at the Albion College Hunt Show on Saturday, leading the Adrian College equestrian team to a tie for eighth place among 14 schools. The team also turned in a trio of second-place ribbons from junior Brandi Hawkins, sophomore Sam Roessler and freshman Vanessa Wandel.

Adrian will be sending juniors Kari Klager and Morgan Pearce to the regional meet hosted by the University of Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth. Teammates Morgan Petriko, a three-year regional qualifier in her four-year Bulldogs' career, and Pastula fell just short of a qualification.

"Over the past four years I've seen this team and program have tremendous growth; it will only continue from here on out," Petriko said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity I've had with this team and I can't wait to see what's in store for the program in the future."

Complete Adrian results:

Jumping (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 5th Intermediate hunter seat equitation over fences ( to fall short by three points to qualify for Regionals)

Kari Klager 5th Novice Hunter Seat equitation over fences

Equitation (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 3rd termediate hunter seat Equitation
Michaela Carnevale 7th Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Kari Klager 4th Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Rebekah Wright 4th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Brandi Hawkins 2nd Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Alana Pastula 1st Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation(1 point short of regionals)
Vanessa Wandel 2nd Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation

Sam Roessler 2nd Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation

Morgan Pearce 5th Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation

Adrian Equestrian returns to the pen later this month for the regional meet in Plymouth, conducted by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

--Morgan Petriko '18, Special to AdrianBulldogs.com

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