Mesalands Rodeo Team gets off to strong start for season

By QCS Staff

Mesalands Community College’s Rodeo Team started off the spring rodeo season strong last weekend in Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Cochise Community College hosted MCC’s first rodeo of the spring season in Grand Canyon Region.

“This rodeo was really important for us to do well at. Last semester we had built some momentum and it was nice to carry that momentum over to the spring semester,” said coach C.J. Aragon.

The rodeo team has been led all year behind strong performances from the rough stock riders and steer wrestlers, and they held true to form at Cochise, according to Aragon.

Bareback rider Jon Luse placed first in the first go-round of the bareback riding with a score of 73 points.

In the second round Luse finished second in the round which was also good enough to place him second in the average on two horses. With his strong performance at the Cochise College Rodeo, Luse moved into second place in the year-end standings.

Michael Bates took over the year-end lead in the steer wrestling with a strong showing at the Cochise College Rodeo. Bates placed fifth in the first round, then won the second round to place second in the two head average.

Mesalands steer wrestlers are currently placing first and third in the year-end standings.

A tough pen of saddle bronc horses made the competition tough at the Cochise College rodeo. Matt Bridges placed fourth in the first round with a score of 61 points. Bridge’s score was good enough to place him fifth in the average.

Tim Jones rounded out the rough stock riders who placed at the Cochise College rodeo. Jones scored 65 points to place fifth in the first round. In the second round Jones was unable to make a qualified ride, but was still able to place fifth in the average.

“We have a lot of depth in the bull riding, each weekend someone different has stepped up and done well,” Aragon said.

Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team had three of the top 10 bull riders in the Grand Canyon Region.

The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team competes again on March 1 at University of Arizona College Rodeo in Tucson .