Rodeo team claims four championships

Special to the QCS

The Mesalands Community College’s Rodeo Team competed at Dine College in Tsaile, Ariz., Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, where the men’s team brought home four championships and finished in second place.

Sophomore Austin Woods of Newberg, Ore., claimed his first championship title in steer wrestling at Dine College.

“It felt really good to win a rodeo for the first time,” Woods said. “My goal is just to do my very best for the rest of the season, and hopefully bring home another Mesalands title.”

Woods also placed second in the men’s all-around and third in team-roping.

Fellow teammate sophomore Ty Nuffer of Wayan, Idaho, took the championship title in saddle bronc riding with 160 points. Freshman Dallas Day of Chehalis, Wash., earned his first championship title in tie-down roping with 120 points in Arizona.

Freshman Adriano Long of Dilkon, Ariz., dominated the bull riding event, bringing home the fourth championship title of the weekend.

“Our team’s performance at Dine College was in one word, remarkable,” said C.J. Aragon, Mesalands intercollegiate rodeo coach. “We had students do very well in many different events.”

The women’s team finished in fourth place at the rodeo.

Freshman Emily Woolbright of Las Vegas, Nev., took third place in team roping with Woods. Freshman Macy Fuller of Clarkston, Wash., also shined in goat tying, finishing third.

The men’s team is ranked fourth in the nation and women’s team is ranked No. 21.

The next rodeo for Mesalands is Oct. 28-29 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Other individual standings at Dine College included:

KC Peterson

• Second in Bareback Riding

Lane Wilson and Tyrel Virden

• Tied for Second in Steer Wrestling

Fran Marchand

• Fourth in Saddle Bronc Riding

• Sixth in Men’s All-Around

• Sixth in Bull Riding

Daniel Robertson

• Fifth in Tie-Down Roping

Jesus Gonzalez

• Seventh in Bull Riding

Kevin Dalluge

• 10th in Tie-Down Roping