Mesalands Rodeo Team wins two championship titles in first rodeo of the season

September 22, 2015

The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team had their first rodeo of the season last weekend at Diné College in Tsaile, AZ. The Men’s Team brought home two championship titles in saddle bronc riding and in tie down roping.

In saddle bronc riding, freshman Clay Stremler of Winnemucca, NV, took first place in the first round, third in the short round, and first in the average. Stremler earned a total of 146 points and won the championship title at his first college rodeo competition.

Sophomore Chance Stucker of Oroville, WA had solid runs in both the short and the long round in the tie down roping event. Stucker finished first in the average and secured the championship title.

Team ropers Kasey Brown of Silver City, NM and Clay Lee of Portales, NM placed in the short round and took fourth place in the average. Justin Stegall from Morristown, AZ and Arianna Assini from Oracle, WA placed fifth in the short round and fifth in the average. Jacob Rounds of Broadalbin, NY and and Koly Ray Spears of Lovington, NM split fourth and fifth places in the first round.

In steer wrestling, Tyler Stegall from Morristown, AZ was third in the long round, fourth in the short round, and fourth place in the average.

Assini also placed in the first round and in the average in the goat tying event.

“I think our first rodeo went pretty well, of course we left some points that I think we could have earned. I was very impressed by the performance of your freshmen and our entire team,” said Tim Abbott, Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach at Mesalands. “Overall, we know what we need to work on and we are ready for the next rodeo competition. Both our Men’s and Women’s Teams are capable of winning those team titles and that’s what we plan to do.”

The Mesalands Rodeo Team will have their next rodeo competition at Cochise College in Douglas, AZ, September 25-26, 2015.