Lady Vikings take UTM Rodeo title

Monday, April 17, 2017

MARTIN, Tenn. -- Both the Missouri Valley College men's and women's teams increased their lead in the NIRA Ozark Region season standings during the Tennessee-Martin Rodeo on April 6-8.

The Lady Vikings claimed the championship with 345 points, extending their cushion versus second-place UTM, 2,198.33 to 1,580 points. Barring a Valley meltdown, that 618.33-point gap will be extremely difficult to surrender with only two meets left in the regular season.

Freshman Fallon Dyer of Ottawa, Kan., led the Lady Vikings with 165 points by winning the long go-round in breakaway roping and placing second in the short go to tie for the overall title.

Junior Breanna Ellis provided 135 points with a second-place showing in goat tying and sophomore Josie Hume's two solid showings were good for fourth place in average.

The Valley men placed third with 615 points, trailing Tennessee-Martin (750 points) and Southern Arkansas (635). However, the Vikings opened more daylight between themselves and East Mississippi Community College in the season standings, with an impressive -- and practically impregnable -- spread of 5,755 to 3,685 points.

Senior Dalton Kingery of Monroe, Iowa, won the all-around cowboy award with 310 points as he won in saddle bronc riding -- completing both of his rides, with none of his competitors scoring -- and finished second in bareback riding.

The top bareback performer was senior Matt Borton of Ostego, Mich., good for 170 points. The Valley entries were the only two to complete both of their rides. Only two bull riders lasted eight seconds, with junior Justin Stoltz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the lone long-go survivor with two points more than the only rider to make it through the second go.

Junior Ben Kilburg was second in average score among steer wrestlers and junior Trey Johnson placed third in tie-down roping.

The Vikings compete this week in the East Mississippi CC Rodeo, which begins Thursday at Senatobia.

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