Mesalands rodeoers compete, come close

ALPINE, Texas – Mesalands Community College’s Rodeo Team traveled to Alpine, Texas where according to those taking part the competition was fierce and the weather was chilly. Still, four Mesalands team members came very close to breaking into the short round competition.

Christen Martinez in barrels, Chase Pope in steer wrestling, Samantha Southard in goat tying, and Chance Towner in saddle bronc riding all finished the long round only one or two points short of qualifying for the short round.
Martinez competed in a field of 132 barrel racers to land in 11th place with a time of 16.02. Kelly Speer finished in 18th place with 16.12, and Amanda Price finished in 18th place with 16.16.

Towner finished 11th out of 28 saddle bronc riders, while Pope ended up in 12th place out of 64 steer wrestlers, and Southard ended up in 12th place out of 110 in the goat tie.
In team roping Cody Spiva and Sterling Via (from South Plains College) managed to finish the long round in 15th place, and then Cody Spiva and Clint Spiva took 16th place. There were 166 competitors in team roping. “The team really did great at Alpine,” said Coach Danny Garcia. “It was the little details that kept us out of the short round in just about every category and in this tough conference you have to pay real close attention to the details.”

Next week the team travels again to compete in Vernon, Texas.