MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo team didn’t mind driving back-and-forth to nearby Murray State for the second Ozark region rodeo of the season this past weekend.
One of the perks of the 120-mile round trip to the Western Kentucky school for the UT Martin team was sleeping in its own beds. Another perk must have been the hour drive which allowed team members to focus on the task at hand -- competing in the rodeo.
Whatever the perk, the UT Martin men’s team dominated the rodeo, winning the team title with 910 points. Missouri Valley College was second with 395 points.
“We are still making mistakes and have things to work on,” Coach John Luthi said. Ben Walker and Ty Hughston split the all-around, while Tyler Waltz was fourth in the all-around.
Waltz split first in the second go of the bareback riding.
Jordan Thrasher split fourth, fifth and sixth in the first go of the tie-down roping. He was second in the short go and third in the average.
Walker split fourth, fifth and sixth in that first go with Thrasher. However, he was first in the short go and split first in the average.
Hughston won the first and second goes in the saddle bronc riding.
Robert Joyce split third, fourth and fifth in the first go of the steer wrestling and fourth in the short go. He finished third in the average.
Thrasher was first in the steer wrestling short go and first in the average.
UT Martin picked up a ton of points in the team roping. Will Lummus and Taylor White finished fifth in the first go, while Walker and Zach Mabry were fourth in the first go, second in the short go and second in the average.
John Alley and Clark Adcock won the first go, the short go and the average in the team roping.
On the women’s side, Lauren Wagner was first in the barrel racing short go. She was fourth in the average.
“The women are trying to figure things out,” Luthi said. “They need to stay focused and take care of business. Overall, we have to realize we have a long way to go.”