Rodeo Team Kicks Off Season

By Clint Blasengame
Junior Editor

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s Rodeo Team competed in its first rodeo of the season on Sept. 20-22.

The team traveled to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. The UAM men’s team placed third in the completion, while the women’s team finished fourth.

Some of the featured events included steer wrestling, goat tying, bull riding and barrel racing. Some of UAM’s top finishes include freshman Josh Burns placing third in calf roping, freshman Dustin Jacobson placing second in steer wresting, senior Eric Manos placing fourth in steer wrestling, senior Katie Shaw placing fifth in goat tying and junior Drew Green placing third in bull riding.

Rusty Jones, UAM Head Rodeo Coach, said the team performed very well for its first rodeo of the semester.

“We had some freshman team members who really stepped up and had a good showing at their first college rodeo, as well as some returners that performed very well also. I feel like we will be very competitive this year in both the men’s and women’s teams,” Jones said. “I am looking forward to a very successful year and am pleased with the efforts our student athletes had at our first rodeo.”

Jones is not the only one who is happy with the team’s first outing this semester. The rodeo team is part of the UAM School of Agriculture. The Dean, Kelly Bryant, said he feels the team is off to a good start this year, and he hopes to see them continue their success.

“I am proud of our rodeo team.  These student athletes practice long hours and incur significant expense to represent UAM at five collegiate rodeos each semester.  They are off to a good start this season.  I look forward to following them all year and on to the National Finals this summer,” Bryant said.

The next competition for the team will be at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Oct. 4-6.

For more information about the UAM Rodeo Team visit www.collegerodeo.com.

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