Valley men win UAM Rodeo

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

MONTICELLO, Ark. ó The Missouri Valley College menís and womenís rodeo teams continued their spring seasons at the Arkansas-Monticello rodeo over the weekend.

The menís team placed first overall, with three event champions. The womenís team finished second in the standings.

In bareback riding, the Vikings took the top three spots in the average. Junior Nick Pelke of Mondovi, Wis., won the event, with an average of 151, claiming first in both go-rounds with scores of 76 and 75. He earned 180 points. Senior Jesse Pope finished second in the average, with a 144, to earn 140 points, and freshman Ty Pope was third with an average of 142, earning 120 points.

Senior Roy Lee of Benton, Ark., won the calf roping average, with a 15.7, and collected 180 points. Lee won both go-rounds, with times of 8.1 and 7.6. Freshman Tom Crouse finished second in the average, with a 17.5, and earned 120 points.

Senior Trey Watts of Williamsport, Pa., won the saddle bronc riding average, with a 135, and collected 165 points. Watts tied for the best score in the first go-round with senior Chance Masters with scores of 72, and Watts followed with the second-best score in the second go-round, with a 63. Watts earned 165 points. Ty Pope finished second in the saddle bronc riding average with a 130 to earn 110 points. In steer wrestling, Lee added a second place finish in the average, with a 9.7. He scored the second-best time in the second go-round, with a 4.1, and earned another 100 points.

On the womenís side, senior Kelsey Dyer finished second in the goat tying average with a 16.3. She earned 90 points. Junior Sheyenne Anderson won the first go-round in goat tying, with a 7.0, but did not score in the second go-round, finishing with 60 points. Junior Morgan Chappell finished with a first go-round time of 2.4 in breakaway roping, to tie for the best score, and finished third in the average with sophomore Lauren Conkwright, both ending with 5.3. Chappell earned 120 points and Conkwright earned 100 points.

The menís team finished first in the standings with 1,060 total points, nearly 500 points ahead of East Mississippi. The Lady Vikings finished second, with 265 points. East Mississippi topped the womenís standings with 545 points.

Up next, the Viking menís and womenís rodeo teams will compete April 15-17 at the Tennessee-Martin Rodeo.

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