MERIDIAN, Miss. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo teams opened their spring season this weekend, as the women’s squad piled up 280 points on their way to a second-place showing while the men’s team tallied 120 points to place seventh.
The women’s team finished 55 points behind first-place Missouri Valley College, who also claimed top honors on the men’s side with 1,095 points.
Houston Herbert secured points in bareback riding, finishing fifth in both the opening round (66) and in average (66).
In breakaway roping, Shara Adcock placed fifth in the short go (4.1) before finishing with the fifth-best time in average (7.1).
Hunter Styles came in fourth place with 53 points in the first round of saddle bronc riding. His score of 53 in average also earned him a fourth place finish.
Ethan Foster’s 5.3 second performance in the opening round of steer wrestling was the fifth-best time.
A pair of UT Martin cowboys picked up points in team roping, as Tucker Kail and Colt Matthews placed third in the opening round with a time of 7.0 seconds.
The women’s squad dominated the barrel racing event, as five different cowgirls accumulated points. Nealey Dalton swept all three rounds, winning in the first round (14.73), second round (14.98) and average (29.71). Macy Randolph placed in the top-three in average (30.39, second), in the short go (15.24, third) and in the opening round (15.15, split third). Kenzley Wilson finished fourth in the short go (15.36) and in average (30.76) while Ashley Brooks (30.95 average, 15.59 second round) placed fourth in both events in which she scored. Kylie Brueggeman’s 15.27 seconds was the sixth-best time in the opening round.
UT Martin returns to official competition on March 30 through April 1 when it travels to a rodeo hosted by Arkansas-Monticello.