Mesalands freshman dominates at high school/college rodeo challenge

Special to the QCS

Mesalands Community College bull rider Dominic Coche dominated at the High School/College Rodeo Challenge in Farmington Friday and Saturday.
Coche, a freshman at Mesalands, won the first round in the bull riding with a rodeo high score of 84 points. In the second round Coche once again claimed first place with a score of 83 points. Heading in to the final round of competition Cache had a commanding 16 point lead in the average race. In the final round Coche turned in a solid ride of 72 points for the overall win with a three head total of 239 points. Coche was the only bull rider all weekend to cover three bulls. For his efforts Coche was rewarded with a trophy saddle and buckle.
Mesalands Community College bull rider Frank Alguire placed third in the second round with a 76 point ride. Alguire also placed sixth in the bull riding average with his one head score of 76 points.
Jeff O�Donnell, also a freshman, at Mesalands Community College earned second place honors in the steer wrestling. O�Donnell threw down three steers in 27.6 seconds to earn his second place finish. After a ten second penalty in round one for breaking the barrier, O�Donnell placed in the next two rounds with runs of 6.0 seconds and 6.5 second respectively.
In the bare back riding Mesalands Community College was represented well. Both Dan Randall and Jon Luse placed in the bare back riding. Luse placed second in the first round with a score of 71 points. Randall was not far behind in the first round with a score of 68 points to earn fourth place. In the second round Randall placed fifth with a score of 66 points. The final round saw both Mesalands bareback riders place with Randall earning third with a score of 66 and Luse placing fourth with a score of 65. In the bareback riding average Randall placed fourth with a score of 200 on three horses while Luse placed fifth with a score of 136 on two horses.
With several strong individual performances the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team finished third among the college teams finishing behind New Mexico State University and Eastern New Mexico University.
�Overall our team faired really well,� said Coach C.J. Aragon. �All of our practice has been paying off, and our team is improving each rodeo.�
Mesalands Community College Rodeo team heads to Las Cruces this weekend for the final two rodeos of the fall semester.