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Vikings win rodeo opener

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Senior Mason Ormesher made his Valley debut in two events, including bareback riding.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
The Missouri Valley College men's rodeo team's quest for a fifth straight NIRA Ozark Region championship got off to a promising start last week during the season-opening Viking Stampede at the Saline County Fairground.

The Vikings tallied 835 points to top second-place Tennessee-Martin at 585 points. Valley got 320 points in bareback riding as junior Tanner Aus of Granite Falls, Minn., and senior Will Crain of Farina, Ill., tied for the title with 147 points.

Junior Cody Metsker was second in the all-around competition, garnering 175 points by placing third in calf roping and fourth in steer wrestling.

A pair of newcomers to the Vikings, junior Jordan Corrigan and freshman Jacob Dagenhart, contributed immediately by coming in second and third respectively in saddle bronc riding for 230 points.

A second place in team roping by sophomore header Ben Runyon -- paired with Southern Arkansas' Justin Johnson, with whom Runyon competed in June at the College National Finals Rodeo -- added 110 points to Valley's score.

Although it didn't add to the team tally, senior Mason Ormesher made a nice debut to the program by placing second in bull riding and seventh in bareback.

The Valley men have reached the top 10 in the last three CNFR standings, coming in fourth a year after claiming the reserve championship.

Freshman Kacey Struxness paired with junior Brittany Hamann for eighth in team roping and fifth in goat tying for 55 of the Lady Vikings' 185 points -- good for second behind defending region champion Troy (Ala.) at 465.

A win the long "go" of goat tying by junior Shelby Jacobson, who wound up sixth overall, was good for 70 points and sophomore Taylor Magrath rounded out MVC's scoring with 60 points for coming in fourth in breakaway roping.

Valley will begin the road circuit Oct. 13-15 at the West Alabama Rodeo.

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