The Cochise College rodeo team participated in two consecutive rodeos hosted by Central Arizona College last weekend in Casa Grande.
At Saturday’s rodeo, the women’s team finished a close second in the team standings. The individuals who placed include sophomore and last year’s National Reserve Champion, Maddee Doerr winning the goat tying. Jill Donnelly, a freshman from Elk Point, South Dakota, took 4th in Barrel Racing and her freshman teammate Hope Luttrell of Prineville, Oregon, came in 7th in the same event. Another freshman, Catherine Clayton from Stephenville, Texas placed 5th in the Goat Tying and 5th in the Breakaway Roping.
At Sunday’s rodeo, the Cochise women’s team had a great day and brought home the Championship Women’s Team buckle. Freshman Jill Donnelly won the Barrel Race and placed 8th in the Goat Tying. Teammate Maddee Doerr from Creighton, Nebraska won the Breakaway event by roping a calf in 2.3 seconds out of the box. She also finished 2nd in the Goat Tying after two goes where she clocked 7.5 and 8.3 seconds. Catherine Clayton placed 3rd in the Goat Tying after tying one goat in 7.6 seconds and the other in 8.8 seconds. Hope Luttrell finished 3rd in the Barrel Racing after laying down two nice runs of 17.12 and 16. 93. She also placed 5th in the Breakaway Roping after catching one calf in 2.8 seconds.
Overall the men’s team scored some points. On Sunday, representing the men’s team, Sophomore Wyatt Hershberger from Litchfield Park, Arizona placed 3rd in the Team Roping and 5th in the tie-down roping with a run of 12.1 second’s.
The University of Arizona will host the next intercollegiate rodeo on March 16 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S 6th Avenue.