May 1, 2017
Last weekend, the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team competed at their last two rodeos of the season at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. The Men’s Team won the regional title in bull riding and clinched a qualifier for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).
During Friday’s rodeo competition, Kenneth “Blue” Wilcox from Greenbrier, AR, covered his bull and rode away with the Grand Canyon Regional Title in Bull Riding. His strong performance last weekend also qualified him for the 2017 CNFR.
“I was proud of the way Blue took care of business,” said Matt Hughes, Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach and Faculty Member at Mesalands. “He won the region, and we’re looking forward to having him back next year!”
Staci Stanbrough, Assistant Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach and Animal Science Faculty, agreed with Hughes, saying, “I’m really proud of Blue for making the CNFR and winning the region. It’s been a long year that required dedication and focus at the rodeos, as well as in the classroom. I’m proud of everyone that finished the year without giving up despite the circumstances. I’m also happy that Matt is here to lead us into next year.”
Fellow teammate Jesse Estill, of Lovelock, NV finished third as a header in the team roping event, during the rodeo on Friday. On Saturday, he qualified for Sunday’s short go.
“We have a very talented group of student athletes coming in next year,” Hughes said. “It will be very exciting to get some new talent here. I look forward to a fresh start with the team,” Hughes said.
The 2017 CNFR will be June 11-17, 2017, in Casper, WY.