Paced by the efforts of Kristen Hancock, the women’s rodeo team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello won the women’s division of the University of West Alabama Rodeo Showdown in Livingston, Ala., last weekend.
Hancock, of Morganfield, Ky., placed second overall in breakaway roping and won the team roping competition with partner Jacob Rayburn of Deville, La. As a team, the UAM women scored 305 points for a lopsided victory over second place University of Tennessee-Martin, which scored 210 points. Southern Arkansas placed third with 190 points followed by East Mississippi Community College (120 points), Missouri Valley College (80 points), and host West Alabama (55 points).
UAM placed third in the men’s competition behind Missouri Valley, which scored 915 points. Tennessee-Martin was a distant second with 585 points, followed by UAM with 565, Troy with 345, Murray State (310), Three Rivers College (200), West Alabama (155), Northwest Mississippi Community College (100), East Mississippi Community College (80), and Southern Arkansas (45).
In the men’s competition, UAM captured 375 points in steer wrestling, placing first, second and fourth. Roy Smith of Fordyce placed first overall, finishing third in the long round and first in the short round while Eric Manos of Trenton, Fla., finished in a tie for second overall. Colton Krieder of Danville, Ky., won the long round and placed fifth in the short round for a fourth-place overall finish.
In the women’s competition, Sarah Weber of Morton, Ill., placed fourth in the long round of the goat tying competition.
UAM’s next rodeo competition is set for October 27-29 at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. For more information, contact Rusty Jones, head rodeo coach, at (870) 460-1994.