Cochise athletes qualify for College National Finals Rodeo

Held in Socorro, New Mexico college contestants competed in the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) recently.

Men’s Rodeo Team

Jake Burwash finished second in the Saddle Bronc Riding. Wyatt Hershberger had a pretty good weekend at the last college rodeo of the year. His times of 9.2 and 9.4 in the calf roping were good enough to win the average. In the short go for team roping, Hershberger took fifth place.

The men’s team finished in third place. Jake Burwash, a rough stock rider (saddle bronc, Bulls, and bareback riding), earned enough points to go on to the national finals.

Women’s Rodeo Team

Maddee Doerr split the win in the Goat Tying. Nichole Lake placed seventh in the Barrel Racing and fifth in the Breakaway Roping. Marckee Belliston placed 5th in the Goat Tying. Montana Landis placed sixth in the Goat Tying. Alexa Smith was seventh in the Goat Tying.

The women’s team finished second in the region in dominant fashion.

Because they placed second in the region the entire women’s team are going to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming on June 10 to 16th.