Mesalands team sets new record

Special to QCS

The Mesalands Community College’s Men’s Rodeo Team set a new Mesalands record, earning 880 points — the most points earned at a single rodeo — at the first Grand Canyon Regional Rodeo of the year Sept. 16-17

The men’s team finished the rodeo in second place, behind New Mexico State University (NMSU) with 885 points.

“We had students make it to the short go-rounds in every event except the bull riding, that’s probably the best we ever did,” said C.J. Aragon, Mesalands intercollegiate rodeo coach. “The men’s team also dominated the bareback and saddle bronc riding. Those were two of our best events of the weekend.”

The top Mesalands competitor of the weekend was KC Peterson of Animas. Peterson won both rounds and the average in bareback riding with a total of 155 points. His performance earned him the bareback riding event championship title.

“I told coach that I was going to be winning the rodeo for him, and I delivered,” Peterson said. “I went out there and just tried my best.”

Fellow Mesalands competitor Fran Marchand of Omak, Wash., also performed well last weekend, considering he had a couple of injuries during the rodeo. Marchand still finished the average in second place in saddle bronc riding with a total of 136 points and fourth place in bareback riding with 134 points. Marchand took home the men’s reserve all-around championship title.

After Marchand took second place in saddle bronc riding, the Mesalands Men’s Rodeo Team continued to shine, taking third and fourth in the average. Fellow teammates Ty Nuffer, of Wayan, ID, took third place in the average, and Christian Stremler, of Winnemucca, NV, was not far behind finishing the average in fourth place in saddle bronc riding.

The Mesalands Rodeo contestants also performed well in tie-down roping. Kit Pettigrew of Ft. Sumner placed in both rounds and finished second in tie-down roping in the average. Fellow teammate Jordan Minor, of Navasota, Texas, placed sixth in the average in tie-down roping.

The Men’s Team also lined up the wins in steer wrestling. The Mesalands contestants took second, third, fourth, and fifth places in the average.

Tyler McCormick of Artesia lead the team in second place in the average with runs of 6.5 and 5.9. Fellow teammate Hayden Moore of New Waverly, Texas, took third place in steer wrestling; Tyrel Virden of La Luz placed fourth; and Chase Massengill of Pojaque finished fifth in the average in steer wrestling. Also, team ropers Chase Massengill and Cort Smith of NMSU took fifth in the average.

The Mesalands Women’s Team came in fourth place at the rodeo with 220 points. The team also set a Mesalands record, with the most women competing in the short round at a single rodeo. Freshman Macy Fuller of Clarkston, Wash., placed in both rounds of goat tying and finished the average in third place. Sophomore Shelby Rita of Sunset Beach, Hawaii, finished the average in barrel racing in fourth place.

“I want to thank all of our sponsors and the community for continuing to support the Mesalands Rodeo Team,” Aragon said. “It was nice to look out in the stands, and see that many people supporting the kids this year. The crowds were great, best we ever had!”

The Mesalands Rodeo Team will travel to Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., for their next competition on Sept. 23-24.