UTM MEN'S RODEO FINISHES SECOND IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE AT NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI
April 22, 2018
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SENATOBIA, Miss. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo teams wrapped up the regular season this weekend at Northwest Mississippi Community College, as the men’s squad brought home a second-place finish while the women’s team placed seventh in the team standings.
The UT Martin men’s team compiled 445 points while the women’s team accumulated 40 points. Missouri Valley College won the men’s side with 720 cumulative points while Southern Arkansas ranked first in the women’s final standings with 350 overall points.
Jonny Walker got things going for the men’s team with another strong showing in bareback riding. The junior out of Wildersville, Tenn. finished second in average (145) after placing second in the opening round (75) and third in the short go (70).
In calf roping, Chase Thrasher’s time of 10.3 seconds in the short round was good enough for a third-place finish while his 21.8 average placed fifth. Will McCraw also tallied points in the same categories, as he finished sixth in both average (24.8) and in the short go (13.0).
Three UT Martin cowboys earned points in steer wrestling. Colton Matthews placed second in the opening round with a time of 5.0 seconds before finishing fifth in the short go (5.9) and splitting third in average (10.9). Ethan Foster also put together a solid performance by earning points in all three phases, as he placed fourth in the opening round (5.3), third in the short go (5.7) and fifth in average (11.0). Cord Barricklow also posted points for UT Martin after his 5.4 seconds in the first round was the fifth-best time in the field.
On the women’s side, Kayla Lombardo got off to a good start in goat tying with a time of 6.7 seconds that was good enough for a third-place showing.
Ross Mitchell partnered with Ethan Wheeler from East Mississippi Community College to overcome a slow start in team roping. The pair was responsible for the top times in both average (17.3) and in the short go (6.1).
In barrel racing, Fallon Fogarty generated points in all three phases. She finished in fifth place in average (27.89), in the first round (13.86) and in the short go (14.03).
Ryan McDaniel ramped up a quality performance in bull riding for UT Martin. His 73 points in the first round was the best mark in the field while his 73 average ranked second overall.
UT Martin now turns its focus and preparations to the 2018 College National Finals Rodeo, which will once again be held in Casper, Wyo. on June 10-16.