Mesalands Rodeo Team clinches bull riding championship title and gears up for upcoming Fall Rodeo

October 11, 2017

Levi Gray from Gairy, OR and a student athlete on the Mesalands Rodeo Team, won the bull riding championship title at the last rodeo in Las Cruces, NM.

The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team recently competed in their third rodeo of the season at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. The Men’s Team brought home the bull riding championship title. The Mesalands Rodeo Team is now preparing for the upcoming 10th Annual Mesalands Community College Grand Canyon Region Intercollegiate Fall Rodeo this weekend.

Freshman Levi Gray from Gairy, OR was crowned the bull riding champion at the rodeo in Las Cruces. Gray earned a total of 82 points and had the only qualified ride at the rodeo.

Matt Hughes, Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach and Faculty Member at Mesalands, said the bull riding event was tough at the NMSU Rodeo. He said Gray’s bull at the rodeo, had already bucked off the top 10 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) competitors in the nation, earlier this year.

“Levi did an excellent job at Las Cruces. He represents the incredible amount of talent that we have on this team,” said Coach Hughes. “We have won a title at every rodeo this season. We just need to bring that talent together at the rodeo.”

The Mesalands Rodeo Team will host the 10th Annual Mesalands Intercollegiate Fall Rodeo on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th at the Quay County Rodeo Arena. The first rodeo performance will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday. On Saturday, slack will begin at 9:00 am and the championship performance is at 6:00 pm. Free admission for Mesalands students, faculty, and staff, with a College ID.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors 55 and over, and children under 12 are free, accompanied by a paying adult. There is no admission for slack.

In celebration of National Fossil Day, the Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory will also be offering free admission on Friday and Saturday. The Dinosaur Museum is located at 222 Laughlin Avenue and is open from 12:00-5:00 pm.