On The Road With UT Martin Rodeo
Season Opener at Missouri Valley College
The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s rodeo squad came in third place with a total of 445 team points in its 2014-15 season opener at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, September 25-27. Missouri Valley College finished first with 865 points, while West Alabama narrowly edged UT Martin for second place with 465 points.
In bareback riding, Colt Kitaif finished fourth in average (133) after placing fourth in the first go (69 points). Tanner Phipps split fourth and fifth with a 67-point ride in the second go, while Houston Herbert placed fifth in the first go with 68 points.
UT Martin produced a pair of top finishers in the calf roping event. Jacob Dagenhart posted the top time (8.6) in the second go on his way to finishing third in average (19.8). Clay Brewer placed fourth in average (20.9), third in the second go (10.3) and split fifth and sixth in the first go (10.6). Slade Bronson (10.1) and Clark Adcock (10.4) also finished third and fourth, respectively, in the first go.
Lane Mitchell and Dagenhart performed well in steer wrestling. Mitchell finished second in average (12.1) after splitting second and third in the short go (5.7) and splitting sixth in the first go (6.4). Dagenhart placed second in the first go with a time of 5.6 on his way to fifth place finishes in both the second go (16.8) and average (22.4).
In team roping, the UT Martin team of Tucker Kail and Cody Inman ranked as one of the top duos. They finished first in the first go with a time of 7.5 and followed that with a fourth place performance in the short go (8.7). Overall, Kail and Inman tallied the second-most points in average (16.2).
On the women’s side, a trio of UT Martin cowgirls earned points in barrel racing. Ashley Brooks finished second in average (30.74) after posting identical 15.37 times in the first and second go. Her second go time ranked as the best in the event while her first go performance was the third-best time. Katie Brown also represented UT Martin in the event, finishing third in average (31.11), third in the first go (15.46) and third in the short go (15.65).
Jerry Rogers earned points for UT Martin in bull riding, as his score of 75 in the first go ranked sixth. His average score of 75 was also good enough to hold up for sixth place in average as well.
Three Rivers College
UT Martin returned to action October 2-4, travelling to Poplar Bluff, Missouri for a rodeo hosted by Three Rivers College. The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s team placed second while the women’s squad came in seventh place at the Three Rivers College rodeo.
The UT Martin men’s squad accumulated 780 points, more than doubling third place West Alabama’s total of 360 points. The UT Martin women’s team registered 65 points. Missouri Valley College ranked atop both the men’s (1,010 points) and the women’s (480 points) team standings.
The cowboy duo of Tanner Phipps and Colt Kitaif each scored points for UT Martin in bareback riding. Phipps split third and fourth in average (144) after posting the best score in the second go (73) and placing fifth in the first go (71). Kitaif finished sixth with an average of 138 after his score of 71 in the short go ranked fifth and his 67 score in the first go split sixth and seventh.
UT Martin produced two of the top three overall finishers in calf roping. Slade Bronson took home top honors with an average of 17.9 after placing second in the first round (9.4) and third in the short go (8.5). Jacob Dagenhart also earned points for UT Martin with a third-place finish in average (18.9) after snaring second place in the short go (8.4).
Kelsey Bussell led the women’s team in breakaway roping, splitting fourth and fifth place in the first go with her time of 2.5.
Clark Adcock represented UT Martin in the steer wrestling event, earning second place overall with an average of 13. That came after he finished second in the short go (7.4) and fifth in the first round (5.6).
On the women’s side, Micayla Gray split sixth in the first go of goat tying with a time of 6.9.
UT Martin put on a good showing in team roping, as two separate pairs of cowboys finished in the top four of the event. Adcock teamed with Lane Mitchell to take second place in average (17.3) after their time of 10.2 was the best in the short go. Clay Brewer and Phipps also turned in a successful performance, as their average time of 19.8 ranked fourth and their effort in the short go (12.3) also ranked fourth.
Katie Brown and Nealey Dalton rounded out the women’s team scoring with good performances in barrel racing. Brown’s average of 24.26 ranked second after her time of 11.85 in the short go was the best in the event. Dalton earned points in average (29.08, sixth), the short go (16.93, sixth) and the first round (12.15, third).
Jerry Rogers put the finishing touches on the men’s second place finish with a solid effort in bull riding. He placed fourth in both average (75) and in the first go (75).
Murray State University
Both the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s and women’s rodeo squads posted victories at Murray State, October 23-25 in Murray, Kentucky. The men’s team tallied 610 points and the women’s team accumulated 340 points.
The men won by 115 points over Missouri Valley College in the eight-team field, while the women were 70 points ahead of second place Arkansas-Monticello, as well as six other teams.
UT Martin had three cowboys earn points in bareback riding. Tanner Phipps finished second in average (139) after placing second in the short go (73) and splitting fifth and sixth in the first go (66). Colt Kitaif split first and second in the first go with a score of 77 and finished fourth in average with the same score. Houston Herbert also contributed, placing fifth in average (66) after posting the same score to split fifth and sixth in the first round.
A trio of UT Martin cowboys accounted for top-five efforts in steer wrestling. Jacob Dagenhart led the charge with a second place finish in average (11.3) after compiling a time of 5.8 in the short go (third) and 5.5 in the first go (fourth). Clark Adcock finished fourth with a 13.3 average after placing fourth in the short go (6.5) and fifth in the first go (6.8). Cody Hattaway rode a strong performance in the first go (4.1, first out of 10 competitors in the event) to a fifth place finish in average (13.5) after placing sixth in the short go (9.4).
In goat tying, Micayla Gray accumulated points for the women’s team by splitting sixth and seventh in the first go with her time of 8.3.
Dagenhart and Zack Mabry boasted the top score in the first go (5.5) before finishing with a fifth place finish with a 5.5 average.
The bulk of the women’s points were a direct result of their dominant performance in barrel racing. Nealey Dalton placed first in average (30.96) after second place finishes in the first go (15.5) and the short go (15.46). Ashley Brooks finished third with a 31.35 average after posting the third-best time in the short go (15.54). Katie Brown finished fourth in average (31.51) after posting points in the first go (15.68, fifth) and the short go (15.83, sixth). Dacia Horne also provided UT Martin with points after a third-place effort in the first go (15.51).
Both teams will look to build on their strong efforts when they travel to Livingston, Alabama for a rodeo hosted by West Alabama on October 30-November1.
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