Sophomore Kasey Struxness scored 170 of the Lady Vikings' 260 points, placing them only 40 points behind Tennessee-Martin in the meet. The Appleton, Minn., cowgirl was second in goat tying and fifth in breakaway roping.
Even with her fine performances, Struxness wasn't the best on the Valley team in either event, but those ahead of her weren't on the official three-man roster to count towards team scoring. Junior Chelsey Green of Osceola, Iowa, won goat tying, while sophomores Twyla Reed and Hilton Peeples came in third and fourth respectively in breakaway.
Junior Shyanne Masters aided the Lady Vikings with 90 points by placing fourth in goat tying and sixth in the long "go" of breakaway.
Meanwhile the Valley men fell further behind in their bid for a sixth straight NIRA Ozark Region championship by tying Three Rivers Community College for fifth place with 170 points.
The Vikings scored in only two events. Junior Tim O'Connell was fifth and senior Jerrod Lee sixth in bareback riding for 130 points, with the remainder coming from junior Mason Ormesher's fifth place in bull riding.
Tennessee-Martin won the title to stretch its lead over second-place MVC in the season standings by a margin of 3,085 to 1,565 points. The halfway point of the season, and last event of the semester, will be the Troy (Ala.) Rodeo on Nov. 15-17.