Trojans Take Home Two Titles
Freshman Smitty Smith and junior Heather Jones both took home titles in their respective events to help lead the Troy State Rodeo team at the East Central Community College Rodeo on November 2.
Smith finished the qualifying round with a score of 77. That mark was good enough to tie for first in the long go. In the finals, Smith scored a 70 to finish tied for second in the short go and take first in the average with 147 points. Smith earned a total of 100 points for the men's squad.
"It is always exciting to watch Smitty ride," Troy State head coach Rick Jones said. "He finally drew two good horses to ride and he showed the talent that he has."
For the women, Heather Jones took first in average in goat tying. She finished qualifying in fifth place with a time of 8.8 seconds, and followed that up with 9.2 seconds in the long go, to finish third in the short go.
"Heather doesn't consider goat-tying to be her strongest event," Rick Jones said. "But she continues to produce great results in this event."
Other Trojans earning points were freshmen Erin Bullin and Ciji Taylor. The duo combined to capture fourth place in team roping with a time of 21.7 seconds in the average.
"I was thrilled that we had a winner on both the men's and women's side," Rick Jones said. "We are learning more and more every rodeo. We have the ability; we just need to put things together. The kids are starting to relax and concentrate more."
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