MARTIN, Tenn. – John Luthi, the head rodeo coach at The University of Tennessee at Martin, said his team has a lot of people up tonight in the first round of the Ozark Region rodeo at Murray State University.
“We are healthy and all is well,” Luthi said. “We will see if we can draw some good stock and take advantage of our opportunities.”|
Luthi said his men’s team is getting more seasoned each time out. “We have some sophomores and juniors who are settling down. And our women’s team is young, but overall this is a good group. We just need to do the best we can.”
Two weeks ago, UT Martin tied Missouri Valley College for the points title in the men’s team standings. Both teams piled up 640 points.
Jacob Dagenhart won the average in the saddle bronc riding, while Ty Houghston was second in the event average.
John Alley, who won the men’s all-around at the rodeo, finished third in the steer wrestling average.
Alley and Clark Adcock won the average in the team roping. They also won first in the first round with a time of 5.7 and first in the second round with a time of 6.1.
Tyler Waltz was fourth in the bareback riding, while Clay Mitchell split seventh and eighth in the calf roping average.
On the women’s side, freshman Meredith McDonnell claimed an all-around title at the Missouri Valley College Rodeo in Marshall.
“We did some good things,” Luthi said. “Everyone competed well and everyone supported one another on the team.”
McDonnell won the all-around by taking first in the barrel racing average with a 30.28 on two runs. She won the first go with a time of 15.22 and then won the second go with a time of 15.06.
McDonnell also finished seventh in the goat tying average with a total time of 23.2 on two runs. She split fourth and fifth in the first go with a time of 8.3.