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UT Martin Women’s Rodeo Splits First


Men’s Finishes Fourth at West Alabama
By Ryne Rickman

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s rodeo team won its second straight rodeo the first weekend in November, splitting first place honors with Missouri Valley College in a rodeo hosted by West Alabama.         

The UT Martin women and Missouri Valley College each racked up 300 points, 30 points better than third-place West Alabama. Meanwhile, the UT Martin men’s team compiled 250 points, finishing in fourth place out of 10 teams.  
The strongest performance for the men’s team came during the bareback riding event. Tanner Phipps finished third in average (136) after coming in third in the first go (70) and fifth in the short go (66). Colt Kitaif came in fourth place overall (135) after a 74 in the short go (third-best score) and a 61 in the first round (fourth-best score). Jack Kitaif also compiled points for UT Martin, coming in fourth place in the short go (67) and sixth in average (124).

Cody Inman and Slade Bronson each performed well in calf roping. Inman finished second overall with a 21.5 average after placing third in both the first go (9.9) and the short go (11.6). Bronson led all cowboys in the first go with a time of 8.9.

Representing the UT Martin women’s team in breakaway roping was Alexandria Hancock. She split second and third in the first round with a time of 3.0 and came in sixth place in both the second round (12.7) and in average (15.7).

Three UT Martin cowgirls accumulated points in the barrel racing event. Dacia Horne won the event with a 34.73 average after finishing first with a 17.19 short go and third with a 17.54 first round time. Ashley Brooks also scored points in each round, finishing fourth in average (35.1), fourth in the short go (17.5) and fifth in the first round (17.6). Katie Brown also got off to a strong start with a first-place performance in the first go (17.28).  

UT Martin closed out its fall slate November 6-8, 2014 when the teams traveled to Southern Arkansas.

MAGNOLIA, Ark.Both the University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo teams finished in third place at Southern Arkansas, as the men’s team compiled 530 points and the women’s squad tallied 180 points in the last rodeo of the fall.

The UT Martin men’s team finished just 25 points behind second place Southern Arkansas and 225 points behind leader Missouri Valley College. Meanwhile, the women’s team finished 120 points behind second place Missouri Valley College and 270 points behind team champion Southern Arkansas.

Jack Kitaif compiled points for the men’s team in bareback riding, as his 66 point performance in the short go was good enough to split third and fourth.

In calf roping, Clay Brewer accumulated points in all three rounds, tallying second place honors in the short go (10.1) and average (21) while splitting sixth with two other cowboys (10.9). Lane Mitchell racked up points in both the short go (12.8, split fourth and fifth) and in average (24.5, fifth).

Both Jacob Dagenhart and Mitchell earned points with solid performances in steer wrestling. Dagenhart ranked second in average time (12.8) and time in the short go (5.0) while also finishing sixth in the first round (7.8). Meanwhile, Mitchell was responsible for fifth place finishes in average (16), first go (6.8) and short go (9.2).

A half-dozen UT Martin cowboys pitched in with points in the team roping event. The team of Tucker Kail and Cody Inman dominated to the tune of top finishes in both average (13.5) and short go (6.4) while producing a third place finish in the first round (7.1). Dagenhart teamed up with Zack Mabry to generate the best first round performance with a time of 5.8. The UT Martin tandem of Savanah Warner and Vann Figgeroa placed fourth in both average (18.7) and in the short go (10.1).

For the second consecutive week, Dacia Horne won the barrel racing event for the UT Martin women’s team. She dominated in every facet of the event, placing first in average (34.76), first go (17.47) and the short go (17.29). Kayla Edmondson also earned points in all three phases of the event, compiling times of 17.75 in the short go (fourth), 35.53 in average (fifth) and 17.78 in the first round (17.78).

UT Martin opens its 2015 spring season on February 19-21, 2015, traveling to Texarkana, Ark. for a rodeo hosted by Cossatot Community College.

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