Mesalands rodeo teams struggle, overcome in Arizona

Staff Report

The Mesalands Community College Rodeo teams had three rodeo competitions in the past two weekends at Central Arizona College in Florence and the University of Arizona in Tucson.

“We had a fairly solid rodeo the first day at Central Arizona. We had a lot of our student athletes place in their events. We had students represented in every event, other than the barrel racing and bull riding,” said Tim Abbott, mesalands intercollegiate rodeo coach. “That was a good showing for us and was pretty exciting for the first day.

During the second rodeo at Central Arizona, freshman Sharli Macdonald from Camp Verde, Arizona,  won her first championship title of the season in breakaway roping, with a time of 2.4 seconds.

Abbott  said the rodeo teams had a difficult time at the University of Arizona rodeo the following weekend. He said that the arena is twice the size of most of the arenas they compete in and the cattle normally have to run harder.

Abbott said Sophomore Devyn Sisneros from Santa Rosa, found a way to overcome these obstacles, winning three reserve championship titles. He said Sisneros finished second in the team roping (heeler) event with a time of 6.5 seconds, with former Mesalands rodeo team member, Betty Pack (header), who now competes for Adams State University.

Sisneros also took second in saddle bronc riding with a score of 73 points. With a strong performance, Sisneros came in second in the men’s all-around with a total of 252 points.

Sophomore Jake Carr from Saratoga Springs, New York, also represented the rough stock competitors well at the University of Arizona rodeo. Carr was only one of two student athletes that had a qualified ride in the bull riding event. Carr took second with 68 points.

Central Arizona college rodeo individual standings:

Men’s All Round
5. Justin Stegall, Morristown, Arizona

Tie down Roping
8. Justin Stegall, Morristown, Arizona

Steer Wrestling
7. Tyler Stegall, Morristown, Arizona

Team Roping (Header)
4. Kyle Jurney
5. Arianna Assini, Oracle, Arizona
8. Kasey Brown

Team Roping (Heeler)
4. Wasey Carviso
5. Justin Stegall, Morristown, Arizona
8. Cody West

Saddle Bronc Riding
2. Ralf LeSueur, Quemado

Breakaway Roping
6. Arianna Assini, Oracle, Arizona

Central Arizona College second rodeo individual standings:

Tie down Roping
4. Chace Valdez, Estancia

Steer Wrestling
4. Jacob Rounds, Broadalbin, New York

Team Roping (Header)
7. Tyler Stegall, Morristown, Arizona

Team Roping (Heeler)
7. Chance Hunter, Chinle, Arizona

Breakaway Roping
1. Sharli Macdonald, Camp Verde, Arizona
6. Arianna Assini, Oracle, Arizona

University of Arizona Rodeo:

Men’s All-Around
2. Devyn Sisneros, Santa Rosa

Team Roping (Heeler)
2. Devyn Sisneros , Santa Rosa

Breakaway Roping
5. Taniah Nez, Ganado, Arizona

Goat Tying
4. Arianna Assini, Oracle, Arizona

Saddle Bronc Riding
2. Devyn Sisneros, Santa Rosa,

Bull Riding
2. Jake Carr, Saratoga Springs, New  York

The Mesalands Rodeo Team has only three rodeo competitions remaining this season. Their next rodeo is April 1-2 at Navajo Technical College in Window Rock, Arizona.

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