Even though the Vikings placed second to Troy (Ala.) at the Tennessee-Martin Rodeo on April 15-17, they won the title by 1973.33 points over the Skyhawks to nail down a spot in the College National Finals Rodeo.
Of Valley's 575 points at the UTM meet, 310 were secured by a 1-2 finish in bareback riding by junior Tanner Aus of Granite Falls, Minn., and senior David Clapp of Lykens, Pa. -- the two separated by a mere point. Clapp wound up as the regional champion for the season, with Aus second.
Sophomore Cody Metsker of Taylorville, Ill., also finished first for the season in steer wrestling after placing second in the final meet. The Vikings also got a third-place showing for senior Will Smith in saddle bronc riding.
Although it didn't count towards Valley's score, freshman Jake Johnson and junior Kasey Chism were second in team roping.
The Lady Vikings were fourth with 145 points, winding up fifth in the season standings without any individual qualifiers for nationals.
All 145 of the MVC points were collected in goat tying, with freshman Taylor Magrath third and freshman Shyanne Masters sixth. Junior Lauren Struxness also placed third in breakaway roping.
The Valley men, reserve champions of the 2010 CNFR, will head to Casper, Wyo, for the week-long meet which starts on June 12.
KANSAS CITY -- The Valley women's softball team enjoyed its first road sweep of the season Tuesday with a pair of Heart of America Conferences wins at Avila, 12-7 and 8-5.
The Lady Vikings built a 9-1 through its first three at-bats in the opener, starting with senior Jacqulynne's homer with a runner on base and senior Jackie Kragel's two-run double in the first inning.
Sophomore Esperanza Rothwell slugged solo shots in both the second and third frames. Valley scored four runs in the second, plating one each on a double by freshman Hannah Garczynski and singles from junior Amanda Turner and Kragel.
The Lady Eagles scored three runs in the third and three in the sixth, but didn't pull closer than five runs.
The Lady Vikings tallied three runs in the third inning of the nightcap, junior Janie Jungermann knocking in a run with a triple and scoring, for a 4-1 lead.
A two-run double by junior Lindsey Thompson got Avila (8-26, 1-13 HAAC) to within a run in the bottom of the fifth, but MVC broke the game open with three runs in the seventh on a double by Jungermann, sophomore Jennifer Palmatory's single and an error.
The Lady Vikings' (12-19, 7-9) scheduled home finale today against MidAmerica Nazarene has been postponed to Wednesday, so the next outing will be Tuesday's road trip to Evangel.
FULTON -- The Missouri Valley College men's and women's tennis team had few difficulties Wednesday during a non-conference sweep at Westminster, head coach Ryan Carney's alma mater.
The Lady Vikings (10-5) got off to a good start by winning all three doubles matches. The No. 1 team of juniors Elanqua Griffin and Tershelle Burrows and the No. 2 combo of junior Juliana Doyle and sophomore Courtney Henley of Marshall claimed 8-2 wins, while the No. 3 duo of freshmen Virginia Hutcherson of Marshall and Jasmine Daniel was an 8-1 victor.
Griffin, Burrows, Doyle and Henley won their singles matches in straight sets -- none giving up more than three games -- while Hutcherson needed a little more time to prevail in a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) tilt at No. 5.
A day following an 8-1 loss to a strong Johnson County (Kan.) Community College squad -- freshman Luiz Felipe Moura coming from behind for a tiebreaker win at No. 2 singles -- the Valley men blanked the Blue Jays, 9-0.
The Vikings 10-7) got 8-2 doubles wins by junior Jason Rolle and senior Derek Gillilan at No. 1 and Moura and freshman Daniel Velasquez at No. 2 and an 8-3 victory by the No. 3 pair of freshmen Nathan Garrett and Juan Giminez.
Rolle, Moura, Gillilan, sophomore Josh Boling, freshman Javano Thompson and Giminez won all six singles matches in straight sets.
Valley is scheduled to close the regular season Tuesday with a Heart of America Conference match at Lindenwood.
HANNIBAL -- Valley junior golfer Jordan Dickson shot a one-over-par 145 over two rounds last week to finish second by two strokes in the Hannibal-LaGrange Invitational.
Dickson was three strokes off the pace after the first round, but fired a two-under Tuesday on Norwoods Golf Course to pull closer to freshman Philippe Guidi -- who led the Trojans to the team title.
Freshman Josh Coletti came in with a 149 to place seventh for the Vikings, who were fifth out of six teams with 619 points. The Valley women scored 880 to wind up fourth in the meet, won by Hannibal-LaGrange.
The Lady Vikings' top performance was a 210 turned in by senior Leah Bartlett, who came in 12th.
Valley will play Wednesday and Thursday in the Baker Invitational.