Mesalands rodeo teams start out strong

By QCS Staff

The Mesalands Community College men’s and women’s rodeo teams got the season off to a good start at two Grand Canyon Regional rodeos last weekend.

At the Cochise College Rodeo both the Mesalands men’s and women’s teams placed third in the team standings.

Cochise College Rodeo
They competed at the Cochise College Rodeo at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. on March 6-7, where the women’s team was led by a strong showing in goat tying with three Mesalands team members placing in the goat tying.

Amber Miller and Meagan McCain placed in both go-rounds and the average. Daphne Wehrs placed in the first go-round. The women’s team picked up 125 points for the weekend.

On the men’s team, the steer wrestlers and rough stock riders highlighted the weekend. Bull riders Frank Alguire and Chad Martin split second place in the bull riding with scores of 77 points. Bronc riders Brandon Jones, Frank Alguire and Billy Alford all placed in the saddle bronc riding.
At the Cochise College Rodeo, Clay Elkins, Michael Bates and Lachlan O’Neill all placed in the steer wrestling event.

Tie-down roper Kordale Secody rounded out MCC’s rodeo team members who placed. Secody placed fifth in the tie-down roping.

University of Arizona College Rodeo
Last Sunday, the team competed at the University of Arizona College Rodeo in Tucson, Ariz.

Mealands winners at the Tucson rodeo were Daphne Wehrs and Jeff O’Donnell. Wehrs became the first woman ever on the Mesalands team to win an event championship at a college rodeo. Wehrs tied a goat in 8.5 seconds to earn the event championship and a trophy buckle. Others who placed included Meagan McCain (8th in the goat tying) and Hayley Harris (6th in the breakaway roping)

O’Donnell, the 2008 Regional Champion, also claimed an event title at the University of Arizona College Rodeo. O’Donnell won the steer wrestling with a 4.0-second run. Clay Elkins placed third with a 5.3 second run and Michael Bates placed seventh.

Dominic Coche placed second in the bull riding and scored 71 points for the second place finish at the Arizona College Rodeo
“Our teams did really well at both rodeos. Our women’s team is doing outstanding in the goat tying and our men’s team has been doing really well in the rough stock riding and in the steer wrestling,” said C.J. Aragon, rodeo team coach.

The Mesalands rodeo teams will compete at the Central Arizona College rodeos today and Sunday in Florence, Ariz.