Kennedy Seroshek rides off with state equestrian title

The Eatonville High School equestrian team has a state champion in a season that isn’t over yet.
During the state WAHSET (Washington High School Equestrian Teams) May 13-14 at the Grant County Fairgrounds, Kennedy Seroshek won the barrel race title. She came within .010 of a second of breaking the state record.
More honors came Eatonville’s way as the team’s 29-member delegation posted a combined score the earned the high-point reserve championship.
Competing for Eatonville were Eilidh Bentz, Josie Carlton, Josey Carpenter, Camryn Cearley, Alicia Cornejo, Taylor Gillespie, Chloe Graham, Bailey Hatler, Kate-Lynn Helton, Mackenzie Huggler, Emily Johnson, Sammie Kuhlman, Sydney Kuhlman, Matleena Lappanainen, Ellianna Leonard, Cassidy Long, Kelly Luther, Bella Monta, Samantha Monta, Kaylie Murphy, Abby Rodewald, Kenzie Rodewald, Tawny Saylor, Melony Shetler, Seroshek, Allie Smathers, Tabitha Wainscott, Colton Worrell, and Ann-Christin Zillger.
Eight Eatonville riders –Huggler, Gillsespie, Murphy, Rodewald, Seroshek, Shetler and Smathers -- will move on to the Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship (PNWIC) June 2-4 in Redmond, Ore. The regional tournament is open to the top competitors in each event from Washington and the top five from Oregon.
The barrel race was a standout event for Eatonville this season. Huggler, aboard her horse Rooney, broke the school and district record in the event during a meet at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds in Elma in March. Huggler was clocked in 14.473, followed by Seroshek in 14.50. Both times eclipsed the previous record of 14.61 that Seroshek set in February in the season-opening meet in Spanaway.
Eatonville’s coaches include head coach Tira Hancock, gaming coaches Michelle Woolf and Michelle Walker, performance coaches Emmalie Hatch and Lisa Gardner, and drill coaches Chris and Tricia Reed, Maddee Rodewald and Ashley McCabe.
A team meeting in September will begin preparations for the 2017-18 season that will run from October through May and include weekly practices, three or four weekend meets, the state competition and the PNWIC.


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