MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s team captured its seventh top finish of the season while the women’s team recorded its second-highest point total of the season at the 46th annual spring college rodeo held at the Ned Ray McWherter Agricultural Complex and NW (Doc) Robinson Arena over the weekend.
The UT Martin men accumulated 875 points, which was 350 more than Missouri Valley College, the second place finisher. The women’s team racked up 180 points, just 85 points behind team winner Missouri Valley College’s 265 points.
In bareback riding, Tanner Phipps and Colt Kitaif got the weekend off to a good start, splitting first and second with scores of 79 in the first go. Phipps would go on to earn second place (77) in the short go and first in average (156) while Kitaif placed fourth in the short go (68) and average (147). Tyler Waltz also earned points in the event, finishing third in average (150) after splitting third and fourth in the first go (74) and placing third in the short go (76).
Clark Adcock performed well in calf roping, finishing in second place (19.8 average) after besting all cowboys in the first go (9.6) and splitting fourth and fifth in the short go (10.2). John Alley placed fifth in average (21) after splitting fifth and sixth in the first go (10.8) and splitting fourth and fifth in the short go (10.2).
Three UT Martin cowboys enjoyed success in steer wrestling. Alley led the way with a first place showing in average (9.8) after times of 4.9 in both the first go (third) and in the short go (second). Will Lummus (4.6 in first go, second place) and Clay Brewer (5.3 in first go, fourth) also garnered points in the event.
Micayla Gray came on strong late in goat tying, placing fifth in the short go with a 7.8 while splitting fifth and sixth in average with a 15.3.
The UT Martin duo of Ben Walker and Zach Mabry excelled in team roping, finishing in second in average (12) after splitting second and third in the short go (5.3) and placing second in the short go (6.7). Clay Brewer and Greg Sullivan also pieced together a pair of solid performances, splitting sixth place with a 16.1 average.
UT Martin boasted the top two finishers in barrel racing. Nealey Dalton swept first place in the first go (13.52), the short go (13.46) and average (26.98). Right behind her was Dacia Horne, who placed second in the first go (13.59), split second and third in the short go (13.66) and second in average (27.25).
In bull riding, Jerry Rogers concluded a strong rodeo with a first place finish in average (152) after splitting first and second in the first go (74) and claiming top honors in the short go (78).
The Ozark Region and NIRA are in the process of calculating the final national standings before announcing the field for the College National Finals Rodeo, which will take place in Casper, Wyo. on June 15-21. An official announcement will be made soon.