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UTM Men's Rodeo Squad Opens Spring Season With Runaway Victory


By Ryne Rickman

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s rodeo team began the spring portion of their schedule with a dominant win at Cossatot Community College.

UT Martin piled up 995 out of the possible 2,525 points, winning the event by 410 points over second-place Missouri Valley College.

Colt Kitaif set the tone with a first-place finish in average (147) in bareback riding. That top result came after he finished second in the first go (75) and third in the short go (72). Tanner Phipps finished second with a 144 average after posting a 72 in both the first and short goes, which was good enough for a pair of third place finishes. Both Jack Kitaif (76 in the first go, first place) and Houston Herbert (119 average, sixth place) also contributed points for UT Martin.

Clark Adcock emerged as UT Martin’s prime performer in calf roping, as he placed first in the short go (8.9), second in average (20.1) and fourth in the first go (11.2). Clay Brewer also accumulated points in the first go (11.7, splitting sixth and seventh).

On the women’s side, Kelsey Bussell finished first in the short go (2.5) and in average (5.3) after splitting second and third in the first round (2.8). Savannah Walker added points to UT Martin’s total with a sixth-place effort in the first go (3.3).

Three UT Martin cowboys earned points in the steer wrestling event. Trey Lloyd came in first place with an 11.7 average, after finishing third in the second go (6.1) and splitting second with a time of 5.6 in the first round. Jacob Dagenhart placed first with a 5.5 performance in the short go while also splitting third and fourth with an average of 13. In addition, Tucker Kail earned points with a 5.6 time in the first round, splitting second with Lloyd and two other cowboys.

Dagenhart and Zack Mabry posted a clean sweep in the team roping event, finishing as the best team in the first go (5.9), short go (5.9) and in average (11.8). Right behind Dagenhart and Mabry was the UT Martin duo of Adcock and Lane Mitchell, who posted second place finishes in the first go (6.9), short go (6.1) and in average (13). The tandem of Savannah Warner and Vann Figgeroa also earned points with a 17.1 average (fourth place), a 9.6 performance in the short go (fourth place) and a 7.5 effort in the first round (fifth place).

Kayla Edmondson tallied points by splitting fourth and fifth in the short go (16.2) and earning a sixth place finish in average (32.4) of barrel racing.

UT Martin returned to action on March 26-28 at the East Mississippi Community College rodeo in West Point, Miss.

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