Rodeo team starts season

The Cochise College rodeo team kicked off their season this past weekend in Tsaile, Arizona at the Dine College Rodeo.

Rio Lee, a sophomore at Cochise College and last year’s Regional Champion, won both the rounds in Bareback Riding with scores of 75 and 78 points.

Freshman from Helena, Montana, Ty Everson qualified for the short round competition Saturday night in Tsaile after placing 9th in Tie Down Roping and 4th in Steer Wrestling in the long round.

Ty had tough luck in the short go of the Tie Down Roping when his calf kicked loose before the required time limit after his run, but he did finish 5th in the average of the Steer Wrestling. Rio Lee also placed in the long round of the Steer Wrestling and finished 6th in the average in that event.

Hayley Dalton-Estes qualified back for a short go calf in the Breakaway Roping after catching her first calf in 5.2 seconds. She split the win in the short go, roping her calf in 2.6 seconds, the fastest time of the rodeo, and earning her a 4th and 5th place finish in the average.

Hayley finished 3rd on the Region last year in the Breakaway and represented Cochise College at the College National Finals Rodeo last June in Casper.

Sophomore, Tyrell Hicks and freshman Alexa Smith teamed up to roped their first steer in 9.2 seconds, placing them 7th in the long round of the Team Roping. They weren’t able to make a qualified run in the short go. Another freshman from Montana , Nichole Lake, placed 4th in the long round of the Barrel Race with a run of 18.00 seconds. She finished 5th in the short go and the average with her second run of 17.97 in the short go.

Freshman Wyatt Nez from Flagstaff, Arizona won the long round of the Bull Riding, scoring 74 points. No bull riders were able to make a qualified ride in the short round, thus Wyatt earned the win in average of the rodeo for the Bull Riding.

Cochise College rodeo is the next stop for the collegiate rodeo programs in the Grand Canyon Region. Rodeo action will begin 6 pm on Friday, September 23 at the Cochise County Fairgrounds. The long round competition will conclude in slack Saturday at 10 a.m., with the top ten in the short go Saturday evening at 6 p.m.