Cochise College Rodeo Team Ends Season

The Cochise College Rodeo Team ended the season representing Cochise County at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. Overall the Women’s Rodeo team finished at eighth place in the U.S.

Freshman Maddie Doerr won the Rookie of the Year award, placed second in the nation in goat tying, and led the team in points. Alexa Smith also scored adding points for the team in goat tying. In Breakaway roping team captain Nicole Lake performed well but didn’t score high enough to make it into the short go. Marckee Belliston earned points in breakaway roping.

The Men’s Rodeo team captain and saddle bronc rider Jake Burwash and steer wrestler Ty Everson scored high enough in the regional rodeos to compete in their respective events. Burwash got off to a good start on a saddle bronc named Sun Pop. He had a score of 69 which placed him in the top 10, but he lost that position in the 2nd go when he was bucked off. In the third go, Ty Everson had a time of 3.8 seconds which was a tie for first place. The Cochise College men’s team placed 39th out of the 129 colleges in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

The points won by just two Cochise Cowboys placed the team ahead of 90 other teams competing at the national finals. The success of the women’s team, placing 8th in the nation twice in three years is also evidence of the quality of their training and coaching at Cochise College. “Our athletes put in a 100 percent. Every practice is critical along with every rodeo; it is necessary to work hard to qualify for the College National Finals,” said Rick Smith, Rodeo Coach.

The points won by just two Cochise Cowboys placed the team ahead of 90 other teams competing at the national finals. The success of the women’s team, placing 8th in the nation twice in three years is also evidence of the quality of their training and coaching at Cochise College. “Our athletes put in a 100 percent. Every practice is critical along with every rodeo; it is necessary to work hard to qualify for the College National Finals,” Rick Smith, Rodeo Coach.

Photo Credit: Josh Galemore, Casper Star-Tribune