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UT Martin Rodeo at Three Rivers College
By Ryne Rickman
Cape Girardeau, Mo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo teams continued the 2020-21 campaign, taking part in the three-day event, October 15-17, hosted by Three Rivers College.
For the third time in as many rodeos, the UT Martin men’s team earned a second-place finish. The Skyhawk cowboys dialed up 665 points, only 30 points behind first-place finisher Missouri Valley College. On the women’s side, UT Martin finished seventh with 40 points, as West Alabama claimed the top spot with 240 points.
In bareback riding, Stetson Bierman and Bryce Sifford each secured points for UT Martin. Bierman placed third in both average (139) and in the opening round (77), while Sifford recorded points in each of the three phases (133 average, split fourth; 69 in the first go, split fourth; 64 in the short round, split fifth).
Allen Morse produced points in calf roping, as the junior out of Dawson Springs, Ky. finished fourth across the board (25.7 average, 10.7 opening round, 15.0 short go).
A trio of cowboys accumulated points for UT Martin in the steer wrestling event. Jesse Keysaer led the way with second-place efforts in average (10.3), first go (5.0) and short round (5.3). Robbie Van Holten generated points in all three phases, placing fourth in average (13.0), fourth in the opening round (6.3) and fifth in the short go (6.7). In the first round, Chase Thrasher’s time of 6.4 seconds was good enough for a fifth-place finish.
Grace Bryant and Kailey Schmidt each came through with points for UT Martin in goat tying. Bryant’s 16.3 average and 8.0 performance in the short round both placed sixth, while Schmidt’s 7.8 in the second go was the fifth-best time in the field.
UT Martin dominated the team roping event as eight cowboys accrued points. Chase Thrasher teamed up with Cole Walker to place second in the opening round (7.7), split second in average (16.7), and third in the short go (9.0). Cole Harmon and Carson Stroup earned fourth-place efforts in average (19.3) and in the second round (10.1). Allen Morse joined forces with Tyler Brooks to finish fifth in the short go (12.3) and sixth with a 21.2 average. Justin Sailors and Cody Hogan’s time of 8.1 seconds in the first round was good enough for a fourth-place effort.
Shayne Mallory performed well in barrel racing, as the Miller, Mo. native placed second in the opening go (16.86), third in average (33.98), and fifth in the short round (17.12).
In bull riding, senior Wyatt Hart was one of only five cowboys to record points in the event. He split first with 81 points in the opening go, while his 81 average split second.
UT Martin is back in action October 22-24, when the two squads travel to Magnolia, Ark. for a rodeo hosted by Southern Arkansas.
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