MURRAY, Ky. -- Four Missouri Valley College cowboys won their events last weekend during the Murray State (Ky.) Rodeo, but the Vikings had to share first place with NIRA Ozark Region rival Tennessee-Martin.
Both teams wound up with 500 points, allowing the Vikings to maintain their lead in the season standings by a margin of 2,235 to 1,670 points over the Skyhawks.
Valley got 270 of its points from two bareback riders, with senior Tanner Aus of Granite Falls, Minn., taking first place and senior Will Crain coming in third.
Junior Jordan Corrigan of Toddville, Iowa, got the Vikings a victory, and 180 points, in saddle bronc riding.
Valley left points on the board, though, with the success of those not included on the team's official line-up. Senior Jake Johnson of Fayette and sophomore Hunter Lewis finished 1-2 in steer wrestling, which would have meant 310 team points, and senior Mason Ormesher of Valentine, Neb., tied Northwest Mississippi Community College's Ben Cullum for first in bull riding.
Much the same happened with the Lady Vikings' squad, which was second to Southern Arkansas, 250 to 130 points.
Junior Korah Agre of Lindstrom, Minn., tabulated 215 points as the all-around champion, winning breakaway roping and placing fifth in goat tying, but wasn't one of the team's three listed entries.
Fortunately, junior Lauren Struxness was included, and registered 175 points for coming in fourth in goat tying and fifth in breakaway -- sharing first place with three other cowgirls, including Agre, in the long "go." Junior Kelsey Davis had the meet's second-best average for her two attempts.
The Valley women are third in the region after three events, trailing first-place Troy (Ala.), 595 to 515 points.
The Vikings head to a milder clime today for the start of the Southern Arkansas Rodeo at Magnolia.