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Members of the Mesalands Rodeo Team gearing up for the 2017 college finals

June 5, 2017

(Right) Kenneth “Blue” Wilcox, a member of the Mesalands Rodeo Team, proudly shows off his saddle and certificate he won at the New Mexico State University rodeo competition, with Matt Hughes, Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach and Faculty Member at Mesalands. Wilcox won the bull riding championship title for the Grand Canyon Region. He also confirmed his 2017 CNFR qualification.

Roughstock riders Kenneth “Blue” Wilcox from Greenbrier, AR and Scott Bevins from Amsterdam, NY, will be representing the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team in the biggest college rodeo competition of the year, the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). The college finals will be held at the Casper Events Center in Casper, WY,
June 9-17, 2017.

Wilcox is a sophomore at Mesalands Community College majoring in Artistic Silversmithing. As a student athlete at Mesalands, Wilcox has excelled academically and athletically. He was recently named to the Vice President’s List for the spring 2017 semester, recognizing his outstanding academic achievements. To qualify, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

This season, Wilcox electrified the bull riding event and finished first in the year-end standings, winning the bull riding championship title for the Grand Canyon Region with 635.5 points. He was far ahead of second place with 426 points. Wilcox also took seventh place in the national year-end standings. This will be his first time competing at the college finals.

Bareback rider Scott Bevins from Amsterdam, NY, will also be competing at the college finals for the first time. Bevins is a sophomore at Mesalands majoring in Farrier Science. He was named to the Vice President’s List for the fall semester. Bevins finished the season with 651 points.

Kenneth “Blue” Wilcox

Scott Bevins

Newly hired Matt Hughes, Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach and Faculty Member at Mesalands, says he is ready for the upcoming CNFR.

“I am looking forward to being a head coach at this year’s college finals,” Coach Hughes said. “I’m excited for the two student athletes we are sending to the CNFR. I know they will compete at the best of their ability and they have a shot at the national title. I also look forward to next year, when our goal is to send a team to the college finals.”

Rebecca Darrup

Fellow teammate Rebecca Darrup, from Mifflinburg, PA, will also be joining the CNFR competitors in Casper, but in a different capacity. Darrup has been selected as a journalism intern for this major athletic event. Darrup is a sophomore at Mesalands majoring in Communications. Earlier this year, Darrup was named to the 2017 All-State New Mexico Academic Team. She was also a recipient of the 2016-2017 President’s Citation recognition and made the Vice President’s List for both the fall and spring semesters.

Darrup, Bevins, and Wilcox, will be competing on the Mesalands Rodeo Team for the 2017-18 season.