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Mesalands wins first team title of season at home rodeo

 

October 14, 2014

Edmiles Harvey of Tsalini Springs, Arizona, earned his second consecutive championship title in bareback for Mesalands on Saturday night during the championship rounds of the college’s fall rodeo in Tucumcari.

link Edmiles Harvey of Tsalini Springs, Arizona, earned his second consecutive championship title in bareback for Mesalands on Saturday night during the championship rounds of the college’s fall rodeo in Tucumcari.

Special to QCS

from Mesalands Community College

The men’s intercollegiate rodeo team at Mesalands Community College won its first team championship of the season in the Grand Canyon Region last weekend at the seventh annual rodeo in Tucumcari.

The men’s team dominated, winning the team championship with 605 points. It also claimed the bareback riding and the bull riding championship titles.

“It’s quite a feat to win your own rodeo because there are so many distractions,” said Tim Abbott, Mesalands interim intercollegiate rodeo coach. “Every competitor has multiple jobs to do to produce the rodeo, and everyone has family in town, and on top of that you still have to compete. That’s why I think it is so impressive.

“I think the weekend was even better than expected. Both Meet the Stampede Day and the rodeo was better than last year, when it came to attendance, production, and the success of our rodeo team. Those three days were the most fun I’ve had all semester. I love putting on a good rodeo.”

Abbott said he knew once the rough stock competitors and the timed event competitors performed well during a single rodeo competition, that a team championship title was possible.

Sophomore Edmiles Harvey of Tsalini Springs, Arizona, scored his second consecutive championship title in bareback.

“I feel really good about my win last weekend and it was really awesome,” Harvey said. “The horses I drew were both amazing, especially in the championship round. That horse was just up in the air and everything. It was also great to have my parents in the stands to watch me win both rounds. It was just something else.”

Harvey ended the fall semester first in the region in bareback riding with 141 points.

Sophomore Adriano Long of Dilkon, Arizona, electrified the bull-riding event, bringing home the championship title. Long finished the fall semester second in the region.

Sophomore Devyn Sisneros of Santa Rosa was first in the long round in saddle bronc riding. Sisneros ended the rodeo fourth in the average. Sisneros finished the fall semester fourth in the region

Freshman Chace Valdez of Estancia finished the average second in tie-down roping. Valdez is still leading the region with 320 points.

Sophomore Jacob Rounds took second in the average in steer wrestling. Rounds ended the fall semester in third place. Freshman Chance Stucker of Oroville, Washington, was third in the short round of the steer wrestling event and finished fourth in the average. Stucker is also fourth in the region.

In team roping, freshmen Chance Hunter and Tyler Sam both from Chinle, Arizona, were second in the long round and finished fifth in the average.

During the barrel-racing event, pink barrels were used in memory of Meagan McCain, a rodeo student killed in a car accident.

Abbott said Mesalands plans to continue to incorporate McCain and her legacy into various student and community events, including Mesalands rodeo competitions and Student Safety Week.

 

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