Dec. 22, 2018
Both UT Martin Rodeo Teams Earn Second Place Finishes at Southern Arkansas
Magnolia, Ark. – The University of Tennessee at Martin displayed good all-around performances this weekend at the rodeo hosted by Southern Arkansas, as the men’s team accrued 505 points and the women’s squad tallied 257.5 points, as both teams placed second in their respective team standings.
Missouri Valley College claimed the top spot on both the men’s and the women’s side, with its men posting 665 points and the women tallied 345 points.
Four UT Martin cowboys racked up points in bareback riding, led by Hunter Green. His 72 in the first round split first, while his 78 in the short go and 150 average each ranked second in the field. Stetson Bierman placed third with a 133 average after taking third in the opening round (69) and fourth in the second round (64). Blake Leamon dialed up points in all three phases, finishing fourth in average (127), fourth in the first round (64), and fifth in the short go (63). Bryce Sifford contributed 66 points in the short go, leadinh to a third-place finish.
Craig Parks put together a dominant effort in calf roping, winning the event with a 20.0 average, after finishing second in both the opening round (10.2) and the short go (9.8). UT Martin also received points from Quentin Sawyer, who split fifth in the first round with a time of 11.4 seconds.
In breakaway roping, Kailey Schmidt earned a first-place finish with a 6.0 average. That victory came after she finished first in the short round (2.9) and fourth in the opening performance (3.1). Alex Lyle produced a scoring time in the first round as her 3.3 seconds split sixth.
Tough draws characterized the saddle bronc event with UT Martin’s Robert Haley as one of only three cowboys who successfully posted a score. His 64-point effort in the short round earned second place.
Jayci Braudrick was one of the top performers in goat tying, as she split second in the short go (8.3), finished third in average (17.1) and fifth in the first round (8.8). Schmidt added to her special day with a score in the first round: her 9.0 seconds split sixth.
Two UT Martin teams accumulated points in team roping, led by the tandem of Chase Thrasher and Hunter Styles. That pair split second in the short go with a time of 12.4 seconds, split third in the first go with 7.5 seconds, and finished fourth with a 19.9 average. Bailey Barrett and Cody Hogan also earned points, as their 25.2 average and 16.9 in the second round was the sixth-best time in each phase.
UT Martin was well-represented in barrel racing. Raegan Taylor’s 31.02 average was good enough for third place; she finished fourth in the first round (15.56) and fifth in the short round (15.46). Casey Allen’s time of 15.42 seconds in the second go split second, while her 31.03 average was 0.01 seconds behind Taylor, placing her fourth.
The fall season comes to a close for UT Martin at the Murray State hosted rodeo on Nov. 15-17.
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