There was a field of about 100 roping teams in the recent intercollegiate rodeo at Big Springs, Texas, and of that group, Mesalands ropers Domingo Mendoza and Eric Mascarenas split eighth and nineth place in the long round.
They went on to take fifth place in the short round and fifth average.
Ropers Tye Culberson and Roy Littleton had a shot at placing well when they finished in fourth place in the long round, but a missed loop cut them out of the short round.
Steer Wrestler Chance Pope took ninth place out of a field of 46 and went on to improve his place by taking sixth in the short round and a sixth place average.
Other team members who made a good showing included Barrel Racer Kelly Speer who finished in the top 25 out of 100 racers, and Genie Noel who took the 18th spot in a group of 90 Goat Tiers. Winston Jim managed to place 16th in the steer wrestling long round. “We have one more regular season rodeo this spring at Stevenville, then it’s on to the National Finals,” said Mesalands Rodeo Coach Danny Garcia. Garcia has hopes that all of the team members continue their winning ways at Stevenville.
“We have some team ropers and steer wrestlers that could qualify for the finals if they do very well at Stevenville,” he said.