Mesalands Community College’s rodeo teams overcome some bad breaks but finished their year strong at the College National Finals Rodeo, said C. J. Aragon, intercollegiate rodeo coach.
Aragon said the team came “real close” to being in contention for national titles during the finals in at Casper, Wyo., held last weekend.
Sophomore Jordan Minor, of Navasota, Texas, had a solid lead in tie-down roping after a first round time of 8.4 seconds. In the second go-round, Minor’s horse broke the barrier on his calf with its nose, which resulted in a time of 18.3 seconds with penalties.
Aragon said if Minor’s horse had not broken the barrier with it’s nose he would have been in contention to be number one in the nation. He would then have had only to rope his last calf in 14 seconds to win the title. Minor ended the season ranked 15th in the nation.
“Jordan could have roped his final calf in under 14 seconds all day,” Aragon said.
The men’s team ended the year 24th in the nation with 170 points at the CNFR.
Aragon said Macy Fuller of Wittman, Ariz., was sitting in second place in goat-tying, with times in the first two rounds of 6.5 seconds and 6.1 seconds. In the third round, he said, Fuller tied the goat 6.2 seconds, but the goat stood up, resulting in no score for that round. She ended her year ranked 48th in the nation.
The women’s team finished 11th in the nation with 165 points, and Fuller finished fourth in the Women’s All-Around.
Aragon said despite the bad breaks, the teams kept pushing themselves to compete at a high level, which, he said, is a “testament to their character.” He said they have shown they are a mentally tough and solid group of kids and it’s going to take a lot more to throw them off their game.
“It’s still impressive that we sent a fifth of our team to the college finals, and we had eight of our team members place in the top 25,” Aragon said.
Aragon said the team is a good group of kids, and most are expected to return next year. They will just have to work harder to prepare for next year. He said the team would continue to build on the previous year’s success, as they have been doing for the past couple of years.
“Our team’s success is what has allowed us to attract some of the nation’s and world’s best competitors to Mesaland’s rodeo program,” Aragon said. “We have national high school champions attending Mesalands knowing they are joining a program which continues to be in contention for national championships year after year at the finals.”
Breakaway Roping: Shelby Rita of Sunset Beach, Hawaii, completed her first run in 5.5 seconds. During her second run, Rita broke out on her second calf, finishing the round in 13.0 seconds. In her third go-round, she ended strong with 2.9 seconds taking 9th place at the college finals.
Fuller finished the first two rounds in 3.0 seconds and 2.5 seconds. She received a no score for the third go-round, but still qualified for the championship round. She completed the final round in 3.0 seconds and the season 11th in the nation.
Betty Pack of Aztec, had a difficult time at the college finals receiving a no score in all three rounds. She ended the season 49th in the nation.
Saddle Bronc Riding: In saddle bronc riding, Christian Stremler of Winnemucca, Nev., earned 66.0 points in the first go-round. He received a no score in the second go-round and 66.5 points during the final, for a total of 132.50 points. He took 12th place.
Steer Wrestling: Mike McGinn of Haines, Ore., had a no score for the first two go-rounds. In the final round he finished in 5.1 seconds and finished 5th for the round.
Team Roping: Morgan McVay of Reno, Nev., (heeler) and Victor Ugalde from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, took 24th at the 2013 CNFR, with runs of 11.5 seconds, 13.0 seconds and a no score the final round.
Barrel Racing: Macy Fuller also competed in barrel racing at the college finals. She completed the first go-round in 14.58 seconds, the second in 14.40 seconds and the final in 14.40 seconds. She ended the season 14th in the nation.
Bull Riding: Last but not least, are the three bull riders that represented Mesalands at the 2013 finals. David Gonzalez of Chihuahua, Mexico earned 44.0 points in the first go-round and a no score for the next two rounds. He took 21st place at nationals. Kody Decker of Viola, Kans., and Cody Heffernan of Singleton, Australia, both received a no score for all three rounds. Decker and Heffernan both ended the season 22nd in the nation.
Mesalands rodeo finishes strong