For the second week running, the Cochise College Women’s Rodeo Team ranks No. 1 in the nation.
Following the past weekend’s rodeo, the Cochise Women widened their national lead over Black Hills State University, which now trails Cochise by 323 points. Cochise College has one more rodeo, the Grand Canyon Regional Finals, where they can earn points before going on to the College National Finals Rodeo in June. Because of their winter weather, Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, has two more rodeos before their Great Plains Regional Finals.
Last weekend’s rodeo for Cochise College was held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The Cochise women’s team took third place at the rodeo but retained their No. 1 place in the Grand Canyon region as well as in the nation. At the Las Cruces Rodeo, they earned points in the goat tying event, with Catherine Clayton finishing fifth with a 7.6-second run. Team Captain Maddee Doerr took seventh with a 7.9-second run. Devri Priest was in eighth place after tying her goat in 8.1 seconds. The goat tying records for the fifth- to eighth-place positions were only separated by 0.5 of a second, showing the strength of the competition.
Jill Donnelly was the only Cochise team member to place in the barrel racing last weekend, taking eighth with a 16.52-second run. The Cochise women also placed but scored no points in the Breakaway roping event. Maddee Doerr roped her calf in 3.3 seconds Hope Luttrell roped hers in 3.4 seconds to finish ninth and 10th, respectively. Points are only earned in the top eight spots at a one-head rodeo.
For the Men’s team, Wyatt Hershberger had a 7.3-second run as a header in the Team Roping to finish fourth for the rodeo. Hershberger is sitting at fifth and placed nationally as a team roping header.
The last rodeo of the season for Cochise College is the Grand Canyon Regional Finals. The rodeo will be held in Socorro, New Mexico on the weekend of April 19 and 20.
— Submitted by Cochise College Athletics