Central Arizona College Men’s and Women’s Rodeo Team Lead Grand Canyon Region
Written by: Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Central Arizona College’s rodeo team began their competition schedule for the year in September at Dine College, followed by rodeos hosted by Cochise College, New Mexico State University and Mesalands Community College. At the completion of the fall competition schedule, both the men and women’s teams are leading the Grand Canyon Region with multiple team members excelling in their events.
The CAC men’s team has a total of 2,573 points and the women’s team is leading the region with a total of 1,707.50 points.
CAC rodeo team members ranked in the top 15 for the region in their event(s) include:
Kaylee Billingsley 8th place, Barrel Racing
Lakota Bird 1st place, Women’s All-around; 1st place, Breakaway Roping; 2nd place Barrel Racing
Tucker Braa 9th place, Tie Down Roping
Kallie Brannon 15th place, Barrel Racing
Cache Burnside 1st place, Team Roping Header; 5th place, Steer Wrestling
Cody Burnside 1st place, Team Roping Heeler; 11th place, Steer Wrestling
Victoria Covert 5th place, Barrel Racing
Pedro Egurrola 4th place, Team Roping Header
Clay Elkington 1st place, Men’s All-around; 2nd place Tie Down Roping; 3rd place Team Roping Header; 7th place Steer Wrestling
Whitney Finley 9th place, Breakaway Roping
Mckenzie Frizzell 5th place, Breakaway Roping
John Gaona 4th place, Team Roping Heeler
Monty James 9th place, Team Roping Header
Emilia Johnson 11th place, Goat Tying; 14th place, Team Roping Heeler; 14th place, Barrel Racing
Sierra Keith 3rd place, Breakaway Roping; 4th place, Goat Tying; 12th place, Barrel Racing
Wyatt Kent 10th place, Tie Down Roping; 13th place Steer Wrestling
Justin E Kibler 8th place, Tie Down Roping; 14th place Steer Wrestling
Dawson Lackey 7th place, Team Roping Header; 13th place, Tie Down Roping; 10th place Steer Wrestling
Robyn Lively 1st place, Barrel Racing
Emil Kyrel Lupe 6th place, Tie Down Roping
Tyler Montano 9th place, Team Roping Header
Owen Perkins 7th place, Team Roping Heeler
Trey Robertson 4th place, Steer Wrestling; 9th place, Team Roping Heeler
Karli Scelzi 11th place, Barrel Racing
Stran Schlosser 4th place, Tie Down Roping
Kimmer Severance 4th place, Breakaway Roping; 14th place Goat Tying
Cole Sherwood 3rd place, Team Roping Heeler
Bandee Tubbs 8th place, Goat Tying; 11th place, Breakaway Roping
Jose Zambrano 9th place, Team Roping Heeler
Rodeo competitions will continue this spring, beginning in February. CAC will host a NIRA sanctioned rodeo March 10-11, 2018 at the Casa Grande Rodeo Grounds.
As a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, CAC team members compete against other rodeo athletes from colleges and universities in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Student competitors participate in 10 rodeos each year to qualify for a chance to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper, WY in June.
In addition to competing, rodeo team members are required to take an active role and participate in fundraising activities, promotional events, organization, and community events including the CAC Exceptional Rodeo, local K-12 school family nights, rodeo education programs and preschool visits.