Mesalands first intercollegiate rodeo gets a thumbs up

By QCS Staff

The first Grand Canyon Regional Intercollegiate Rodeo was held at the Quay County Rodeo Arena Friday and Saturday and proved to be a positive event for the region and Mesalands Community College, college officials said.

Thirteen teams came to compete, bringing 310 contestants. The stands were close to full during the two-day competition.

“The team did well in this first event with the men’s team finishing third and the women’s teams finishing the event in the fourth place standing,” said Mesalands Rodeo Coach C.J. Aragon.

The women’s team that took fourth place with more points (150) than they earned during the entire season last year.

“The ladies worked hard on improving skills during the summer and it really paid off for them during this rodeo,” Aragon said.

Daphne Wehrs and Megan McCain held the fourth and fifth place spots in the first and second go of goat tying, and Wehrs cinched the 4th place average with McCain close behind to take 5th place in the average.

Donny Frazee and Jason Cloud did well in the bull ride.

Cloud took second place in the first go and Frazee took 5th place. In the second go Frazee took first place. The averages showed Frazee in the first slot with Cloud in 4th place.

Team ropers Ethan Randall and Thomas McNeil couldn’t break out of the 6th place slot having earned it in both goes and the average as well.
In the steer wrestling event Travis Lengal finished the first go in 2nd place and Ethan Randall right behind him in 3rd place.

The second go had Clay Elkins in 2nd place, Jeff O’Donnell in 3rd, and Ethan Randall in a three-way split for 4th place. The average put Elkins in 2nd place, Randall in 4th place, and O’Donnell in 6th place.

Quay County has been steadily making improvements to the arena and before the event new bucking chutes were installed with the help of the Mesalands team. The chutes and additional equipment were provided through a $27,000 grant from Gov. Bill Richardson’s Rodeo Commission. Aragon and John Villalba of the Extension office put the grant request together.

The Mesalands team competes next on Friday and Saturday at Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., for the next competition on Friday and Saturday.