CENTERTON, Ark. -- The final rodeo of the regular season was anticlimactic for the Missouri Valley College men's rodeo team.
The Vikings had already locked up their fifth straight NIRA Ozark Region championship, so finishing second to Tennessee-Martin, 901 to 837 points, at the second Northwest Mississippi Community College Rodeo at Centerton, Ark., had no bearing on the outcome of the race.
Senior Will Crain was second in the all-around cowboy standings with 256 points for Valley, winning bull riding and placing fourth in both bareback and saddle bronc riding. Also getting a victory for the Vikings was senior Tanner Aus in bareback.
Sophomore Hunter Lewis took second place in steer wrestling, as did junior Jordan Corrigan in saddle bronc -- although his points didn't count toward the team total. Senior Cody Metsker contributed 115 points with a fifth in both steer wrestling and tie-down calf roping.
Valley finished the campaign with 7,444 points, well ahead of the Skyhawks' 5,749 points for second place.
The Lady Vikings needed a miracle to catch up to UTM for second in the women's standings, and a berth for the team in the College National Finals Rodeo.
It didn't happen. Only junior Shelby Jacobson scored for Valley, 10 points for fourth place in goat tying. Junior Lauren Struxness was third in breakaway roping, but wasn't on the official line-up.
The Lady Vikings closed the season with 1,801.66 points, third behind champion Southern Arkansas (2,850 points) and Tennessee-Martin (2,550) -- which finished 1-2 at the final rodeo.
However, the work isn't over for all of the MVC women, two of whom qualified for the national meet: Struxness and junior Korah Agre in breakaway.
The Vikings can choose six among seven CNFR qualifiers for team points. Besides Crain, Aus, Lewis, Corrigan and Metsker, Valley can also send to the June 10-16 event at Casper, Wyo., sophomore Ben Runyon in team roping and senior Mason Ormesher in bull riding.