EMCC finishes 3rd in Ozark Region standings ahead of National Finals Rodeo


The EMCC rodeo teams closed out the regular-sea­son portion of their NIRA Ozark Region schedules with a second-place men’s finish and a third-place women’s finish at North­west Mississippi Commu­nity College’s annual Ranger Rodeo. The three-day event concluded Satur­day night at the Northwest Multipurpose Arena.

For the year, the EMCC men’s and women’s rodeo teams placed third among the Ozark Region’s final regular-season standings to narrowly miss out on quali­fying collectively as teams for next month’s College National Finals Rodeo to be held June 12-18 in Casper, Wyo.

Missouri Valley College claimed both team titles this past weekend in Sena­tobia, with the MVC men outscoring EMCC, 900-685, and the women finish­ing ahead of runner-up Pearl River by nearly 200 points (411.66-216.66). The EMCC women totaled 155 team points in their regular-season finale.

With their second-highest team point total of the sea­son, East Mississippi’s men scored 480 of their 685 total team points in the team roping competition at Northwest. The tandem of Laine Moore (Albertville, AL) and Tanner Brown (Flo­rence) claimed their first collegiate title by earning the maximum 360 total points between them with winning runs of 5.0 and 4.3 seconds. Scooba’s Matt Watt, a Kemper Academy product, paired with South­ern Arkansas’ Booker Mc­Cutchen to place third in team roping with a pair of 5.7-second efforts to col­lect 120 points apiece for their respective schools.

Brown also picked up 115 points for the Lions with his third-place finish in the tie-down roping event, includ­ing tying for first with an opening-round time of 8.5 seconds.

Two other EMCC cow­boys advanced to Satur­day’s short-go round in tie-down roping. Clay Livengood (Cleveland, NC) earned 40 individual points with a sixth-place finish, while Kota Wilhite (Corinth) did not score.

Gavin Lee (Poplarville) collected 70 total points for EMCC’s team effort with sixth-place finishes in steer wrestling and bareback rid­ing.

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