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Mesalands Women’s Rodeo Team takes championship title at Navajo Tech

April 23, 2013

The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team competed at Navajo Tech last weekend in Crownpoint, NM. The Women’s Team brought home another team championship title and three individual titles. The Women’s Team earned 600 points at the rodeo and is currently fifth in the nation. The Men’s Team finished in third place with 465 points and won two individual titles.

“The Women’s Team had a great weekend. We almost had a clean sweep in all of the women’s events,” C.J. Aragon, Mesalands Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach said. “We have many individuals on both Teams doing very well this season. Right now it looks we have eleven or more individuals that will be qualifying for nationals.”

Sophomore Macy Fuller dominated yet another rodeo at Navajo Tech. Fuller was crowned the Women’s All-Around Champion and the Goat Tying Champion. She also came in second in barrel racing and sixth in breakaway roping. Fuller is currently leading the Grand Canyon Region in the Women’s All-Around and the goat tying event.

Fellow teammate Shelby Rita of Sunset Beach, HI also represented the Women’s Team well at the Navajo Tech Rodeo. Rita won the breakaway roping championship title and is currently first in the region in this event and third in the national standings.

For the Men’s Team, Cody Heffernan of Singleton, Australia electrified the bull riding event, bringing home the championship title. Heffernan is leading in the national standings and in the region in bull riding. Another Aussie on the team, Chris Clark of Raymond Terrace, Australia, was named the Reserve Bull Riding Champion at the rodeo. Teammate Moroni Wadsworth of Panaca, NV took sixth place in bull riding.

In team roping, Morgan McVay of Reno, NV and Victor Ugalde from New Mexico State University won the first Mesalands Team Roping Championship title this season. Chaz Kanenan from Roy, MT and Daniel Baeza from Chihuahua, Mexico, finished the rodeo in sixth place in team roping.

Other individual standings at Navajo Tech included:

Kelbee Cheeney
3rd Goat tying

Bailey Bates
5th Breakaway Roping

Danny Chandler
4th Bareback Riding

Hank Filippini
4th Tie-down Roping

Kevin Dalluge
5th Tie-Down Roping

Daniel Robertson
7th Tie-Down Roping

Christian Stremler
3rd Saddle Bronc Riding

Mike McGinn
4th Steer Wrestling

Hayden Moore
5th Steer Wrestling

The Mesalands Rodeo Team will compete in their last two rodeos of the season at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM, April 26-28, 2013.

“We would like everyone to come out and support the Mesalands Rodeo Team this weekend at NMSU,” Coach Aragon said. “These last two rodeos make up a fifth of our season, so we need to have a good weekend!”