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UTM men’s rodeo team wins in season debut

UTM men’s rodeo team wins in season debut
If history repeats itself, then the University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo team will win the Ozark Region and advance to the College National Finals once again. The lesson to study is the Missouri Valley College Rodeo, typically the first Ozark Region rodeo of the season and typically a rodeo won by UT Martin.
This past weekend the UT Martin men scored 900 points and won the team competition at the Missouri Valley Rodeo. The host team was second with 680 points, while Murray State was third with 470 points.
UT Martin rodeo coach John Luthi issued a caution flag to this theory. “The region is going to be extremely competitive this year. We will have to work on the little things to be competitive.”
UT Martin’s Matt Smith won the bareback competition at Missouri Valley with back-to-back 71-point rides. Ty Atchison finished seventh in the average.
Atchison won the saddle bronc event for UT Martin. He had a 74-point ride in the first round and a 72-point ride in the second round.
Atchison, from nearby Jackson, Mo., also won the steer wrestling average. He split second in the first round with a 4.5 run, and came back to win the second round with a 4.2 run.
Brent Menz helped UT Martin wrap up the team title by winning the bull riding average with 151 points on two rides. He split first in the first round with teammate Zach Jackson. Both cowboys had 70-point rides. Menz won the second round with an 81-point ride.
“We had a lot of upperclassmen leadership at this rodeo with Ty (Atchison) and Brent (Menz),” Luthi said.
On the women’s side, UT Martin finished fifth with 50 points. Arkansas-Monticello won the team competition with 340 points, while Troy was second with 215 points.
“The girls team is going to be competitive this season,” Luthi said. “It’s just going to take a couple of rodeos to get some things figured out.”
Nicole Trainor and Adrienne Vought finished fifth and second respectively in the breakaway roping average. Trainor went 3.8 on one run, while Vought went 3.9 on one run.
Kayla Quinley helped out UT Martin by winning the barrel racing average. Quinley, from Cordova, Tenn., split fourth in the first round with a time of 14.80. She won the second round with a time of 14.83.
The UT Martin rodeo teams return to action this week when they travel to Magnolia, Ark, for the Southern Arkansas rodeo.

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