POPLARVILLE, Miss. – Both rodeo teams from the University of Tennessee in Martin took the top four spots after a successful weekend at Pearl River Community College.
Skyhawk’s women’s team compiled 220 points, finishing in second place behind West Alabama (482 points). It was their second-best showing of the season, behind only the season-opening victory at Missouri Valley College on Sept. 23-25. On the men’s side, UT Martin had 475 points to rank fourth in the standings behind Missouri Valley (820), East Mississippi (560) and Three Rivers (520).
In calf lasso, Cole Walker the hot start led to points in all three phases. The junior from Sparta, Tennessee, posted the fastest time (9.4) in the first round before moving to fourth in average (21.4) and sixth in the second round (12.0). Will McCraw also scored points in the event, finishing third in the short leg (10.8) and sixth in average (22.4).
Grace Bryant and Kailey Schmidt each provided points for the Skyhawks on the roping breakaway. Bryant’s time of 2.3 seconds in the first round was the best performance while Schmidt racked up points with a 4.9 short to go (fifth place) and 7.9 average (fifth split).
Senior Jack Smithson was responsible for a remarkable effort in saddle bronc riding. He separated first in the short round with 76 points while finishing second both on average (154) and in the first round (78).
A pair of UT Martin cowboys recorded points in steer wrestling. by Jesse Keysaer 5.0 seconds flat in the short lap was the best time in the field. He also finished third on average (11.3) and split third in round one (6.3) – tied with his teammate Cole Harmon.
Emma Kate Wilder performed extremely well in the goat tying, splitting first in the short first leg with a time of 7.0 seconds. The freshman from Millington, Tenn., finished third with a 14.8 ERA and fourth with a first-lap time of 7.8 seconds.
UT Martin will leave the official competition next week before hosting the 54and Annual Spring College Rodeo at the Ned McWherter Farm Lodge April 7-9.