UT MARTIN RODEO BEGINS SPRING SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND AT EAST MISSISSIPPI
February 20, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – The spring college rodeo season starts up this weekend for the University of Tennessee at Martin, who will travel to Meridian, Miss. for a rodeo hosted by East Mississippi Community College on Thursday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 24.
This three-day event is the first of four rodeos this spring for UT Martin, who has not competed as a team since Nov. 2-4 at Southern Arkansas. UT Martin also visits Arkansas-Monticello on April 5-7 before hosting the 50th Annual Spring College Rodeo takes place at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion on April 12-14. UT Martin rounds out the regular season at Northwest Mississippi (April 19-21) before the College National Finals Rodeo occurs on June 10-16 in Casper, Wyo.
The UT Martin men’s team currently ranks third in the Ozark Region (and 21st nationally) with 1,708.33 points. Meanwhile, the UT Martin women’s squad is fourth in the Ozark Region and 16th in the nation in total points (1,110).
Jonny Walker ranks second regionally and 11th nationally with 555 points in bareback riding, followed closely by Houston Herbert’s 340 points – which is good enough for fourth place. Ryan McDaniel ranks fifth in the Ozark Region with 110 points in bull riding.
UT Martin boasts three cowboys in the top-10 in the region in tie down roping, paced by Chase Thrasher (285 points, third). He also ranks 20th nationally in that category while Colt Matthews (180 points) and Hunter Styles (150 points) rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Ozark Region.
Robbie Van Holten’s 215 points in steer wrestling is good enough for sixth place in the Ozark Region while Ross Mitchell (235 points, fourth in header), Clay Tilley (130 points, eighth in header), Patrick Houchins (240 points, fourth in heeler) and Will McCraw (130 points, eighth in heeler) each rank amongst the region’s best in team roping. Houchins’ tally of 240 points is good enough for 24th place nationally.
On the women’s side, Ashley Brooks has piled up 490 points in barrel racing to rank second in the Ozark Region and sixth in the nation. The duo of Casey Allen (310 points, fifth) and Kenzley Wilson (190 points, sixth) also represent the UT Martin women’s team in the top-10 while Allen’s point total is the 22nd-best mark in the country.
Summer Conley (60 points) and Raegan Taylor (30 points) each accumulated points in the barrel racing event throughout the fall campaign.
Kayla Lombardo comes in at 10th place in goat tying, amassing 100 points on the season so far.