This weekend’s intercollegiate rodeo held at Fort Huachuca was a grand success for the home team! The Cochise College Women’s Rodeo Team won first place accumulating 875 points at the rodeo and took over the number one spot nationwide.
Cochise women’s team captain Maddee Doerr won the goat tying and captured second place in the breakaway roping. This comes as no surprise as the sophomore from Creighton, Nebraska was last year’s National Reserve Goat Tying Champion and named Rookie of the Year at the College national finals. On Saturday Doerr tied her goat in 7.2 seconds winning first place. She followed that on Sunday with a time of 6.7 seconds, again taking first place, and leaving her with the winning average of 13.9 on two goats. In breakaway roping, Doerr roped her calf in 2.9 seconds in Saturday’s competition and then on Sunday she tied for 4th place with a time of 4.4 seconds leaving her with a 7.3 average for the second place position.
Teammate Hope Luttrell won first place in the breakaway roping and took third place in the barrel racing. Her accomplishments were in character for the excellent performances we have come to expect of this freshman from Prineville, Oregon. Saturday afternoon she caught her calf in 3.3 seconds earning her 4th place in breakaway roping for the day. Sunday she came back with an attitude and threw her loop in 3.2 seconds earning her a 6.5 average overall and winning the breakaway roping event. In Saturday’s barrel race Luttrell circled the 3 barrels and made it across the finish line in 18.53 seconds taking 2nd place. She followed that run on Sunday with a time of 18.2 earning the 1st place spot. That gave her a two-run average of 36.65 landing her in a tie for second place overall in the barrel race.
Jill Donnelly, another Cochise College freshman, won the barrel racing and took second place in the goat tying. Donnelly comes to southern Arizona from Elk Point, South Dakota, and on Saturday she won her first run at the barrels with a score of 18.14 seconds. On Sunday she took second to teammate Hope Luttrell with a score of 18.17, but that gave her 36.31 in the average and won her 1st place in the Barrel racing event.
On Saturday for the Men’s Team Garret Lefebure, a freshman from Morristown, Arizona, took second in the average in team roping as a header with a combined score of 20.2 seconds. His first catch on Saturday was 11.3 seconds for 3rd place, and then on Sunday, he placed second with an 8.9-second catch.
Men’s team captain and sophomore Wyatt Hershberger from Litchfield Park, Arizona placed 8th in the tie-down roping with a run of 12.1 seconds.
The next intercollegiate rodeo will be at next weekend, March 29-30, at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.