By Ryne Rickman
WEST POINT, MISS. – The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s rodeo team notched its third win of the season while the women’s team posted its fourth straight top-five finish in a rodeo hosted by East Mississippi Community College, March 26-28, 2015.
The UT Martin men’s team compiled 975 points, winning the rodeo by 270 points over second-place Missouri Valley College. Meanwhile, the UT Martin women’s team tallied 180 points, which was 225 points behind first-place Missouri Valley College.
Tanner Phipps was consistent in bareback riding, finishing in second in average (146), second in the first go (74) and second in the short go (72). Houston Herbert also tallied points for UT Martin with a fifth place effort in the first round (59) and a sixth place finish in the short go (59).
A trio of UT Martin cowboys led UT Martin to several team points in calf roping. Clark Adcock placed first in average (22.2), split first and second in the short go (11.2) and placed third in the first round (11). Jacob Dagenhart finished second in average (23.2) and in the first round (10.2) while placing third in the short go (13). Lane Mitchell split first and second in the short go with an 11.2 performance before coming in third with an average of 24.
On the women’s side, Micayla Gray compiled team points for UT Martin with fifth place finishes in average (8), first go (3.3) and short go (4.7).
Dagenhart and Trey Lloyd each tallied points in steer wrestling. Dagenhart came in second place in average (11.1) and short go (5.1) after splitting fifth and sixth in the first round (6). Lloyd came in fourth place in both the average (16.1) and short go (8) rounds.
Gray once again performed well in goat tying, earning points in all three rounds. She split second and third in the first go (9.7), split sixth and seventh in the second go (11.4) and also split fifth and sixth in the short go (21.1).
In team roping, Adcock and Lane Mitchell were responsible for a first place finish in average (14.7) and in the short go (6.9) while also placing third in the first go (7.8).
A trio of UT Martin cowgirls tallied points in barrel racing. Nealey Dalton led the way with top finishes in average (33.04) and in the short go (16.4) while also placing sixth in the first round (16.64). Kayla Edmondson came in second place in average (33.08) and in the short go (16.46) while also coming in fourth in the first round (16.62). Dacia Horne also started off strong for UT Martin, coming in second place with a time of 16.64.
UT Martin will take a week off from official competition before hosting the 47th annual spring college rodeo at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion on April 9-11.
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