MURRAY, Ky. -- The Missouri Valley College men's rodeo team lost the lead in the NIRA Ozark Region standings by placing second last week in the Murray State (Ky.) Rodeo.
The Vikings were heavily out-scored, 910 to 395 points, by Tennessee-Martin -- the last team to win the regional championship before MVC began its five-year run of titles in 2008. The Skyhawks have a 1,550-1,035 edge in the season tally.
Valley got 160 points from junior Ben Runyon, who tied for first place in calf roping and came in sixth in the long go-round of team roping. Junior Tim O'Connell was second in bareback riding for another 135 points. Another second-place showing was turned in by freshman Austin Buso in bull riding, although it didn't count toward the team total.
Sophomore Kasey Struxness was third in the women's all-around by tying senior teammate Kelsey Davis for third place in breakaway roping, finishing fourth in goat tying and coming in sixth in team roping -- but her 175 points didn't help the Lady Vikings, who got all 30 points from senior Korah Agre's share of third place in the long go of goat tying.
Southern Arkansas took the women's team title with 295 points.
Valley is in action again this week at the West Alabama Rodeo.