Valley's Ozark Region lead lengthens

Thursday, April 17, 2008
The Lady Vikings got a couple of solid performances from freshman Casey Taylor in breakaway roping during the UTM Rodeo. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

MARTIN, Tenn. -- The Missouri Valley College men's rodeo team rubbed salt in the mild wound it earlier had inflicted on defending NIRA Ozark Region champion Tennessee-Martin last week by taking the title of the Skyhawks' show.

The Vikings won for the third time in the last four meets to increase their slim lead over UTM in the season standings by 50 points to 285 points. The credit, again, goes largely to a fine group of riders.

Valley scored 330 of its 620 points in saddle bronc riding -- where freshman Will Smith, senior Kirk Nelson and sophomore Adam Gilchrist took the second through fourth spots. Smith's deficit to champion Ty Atchison of Tennessee-Martin was only two points, 160-158, with identical 80-79 scores in both the long and short "gos."

Sophomore Kyle Brennecke was second and sophomore David Clapp came in fifth in bareback riding to give the Vikings another 190 points. Sophomore Matt Cossitt placed third, but didn't count toward the team total.

A third-place showing by sophomore Jake Shaw and Nelson's sixth in steer wrestling added to Valley's tally, although the win by sophomore Brady Wilson of Columbia -- who was third in the all-around competition -- did not.

Sophomore Katie Kimble of Henry, Ill., was the top cowgirl at the meet, winning goat tying and finishing fourth in barrel racing. However, the Lady Vikings came in fourth, Kimble not being in the official line-up.

Junior Kallie Agre was, though, and her third place in breakaway roping accounted for 110 of Valley's 170 points.

The rest came from senior Jill Adametz' sixth in goat tying and junior Casey Chapman's seventh in breakaway.

Two events remain in the regular season, including the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rodeo, which begins today in Senatobia.

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