Cochise Women’s Rodeo wins at U of A rodeo

The Cochise College Women’s Rodeo Team did it again!  On Saturday, March 16, they won the Women’s Team title at the University of Arizona Rodeo in Tucson.

Cochise Cowgirl Jill Donnelly, a freshman from Elk Point, South Dakota, led the team. She won the Goat Tying event after tying her goat in 6.9 seconds. She also placed 3rd in Barrel Racing and split a three-way tie for 5, 6 and 7th place in the Breakaway Roping which earned her the All-Around Title for the Rodeo.

Hope Luttrell, Cochise College freshman from Prineville, Oregon, tied for a 3rd/4th place in the Breakaway Roping, finished 5th in the Barrel Racing and 8th in the Goat Tying. Teammate Catherine Clayton, a freshman from Stephenville, Texas, won the 2nd place in the Goat Tying event after tying her goat in 7.0 seconds. Rounding out the points scored by the women’s team was sophomore Devri Priest from Erala, Utah, who placed 4th in the Goat Tying.

It is no surprise that the Cochise Women’s team does so well in the goat tying event taking first, second, fourth and eighth place at the University of Arizona Rodeo. Their Coach, Lynn Smith is a nationally known rodeo athlete and instructor. She has earned National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association championship titles in goat tying, breakaway roping, and all-around cowgirl, and she was a Central Rocky Mountain Region champion twice in goat tying.

For the Men’s Team sophomore Wyatt Hershberger from Litchfield Park, Arizona finished 5th in the Team Roping.

This coming weekend, the Cochise College intercollegiate rodeo will be held at Wren Arena on Fort Huachuca on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th. The rodeo is hosted by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Sierra Vista Riding Club and the college. Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday’s performance is at 1 p.m., and Sunday’s Championship Round performance is also at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate.