By Debra Wells
Frank Phillips College Rodeo had a great weekend to kick off the first rodeo of the season. The men's team ended seventh out of the seventeen colleges, including five universities and twelve junior colleges in competition at the Odessa College Rodeo in late February.
Sophomore Trey Hall from Rolla, Kansas, representing in calf-roping, placed third in the long round, fourth in the short round, and finished fourth in the combined aggregate out of 91 contestant entries.
Freshman Jamie Haney from Odessa, Florida, representing in steer-wrestling, finished seventh in the long round, fourth in the short round, and fourth in the average out of 59 contestant entries. Haney also made the final round in the calf roping, placing ninth in the long round, ninth in the short round, and ninth in the average out of 91 contestant entries.
Freshman Bryce Batterton from Eads, also made the top 10 in steer-wrestling, but had a hard go of it in the short round.
Freshman Sierra Smith from Winterset, Iowa, representing in goat-tying, placed seventh in the long round, made a great run in the short round, but the goat failed to stay tied for the full allotted time and resulted with a no-time. Smith finished seventh in the average.
Many other FPC athletes had great runs this weekend, but fell short of the top 10. Freshman Cordell Davenport from Magnolia, Texas, finished just out of the top 10 final round placing 11th in the steer-wrestling.
Fellow freshman, Zach Hanko from Oakdale, California, also finished eleventh, just short of the final round, in bareback riding. Freshman Kassidy Martin from Sublette, Kansas, had a great run on a hard running calf placing 24th in the women's breakaway roping out of 138 contestant entries.