Rodeo team finishes fall schedule with best showing

Email this article 11/21/2011

The SWTJC Rodeo Team closed out its fall schedule with its best showing of the year at the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Rodeo held Nov. 11-12 in Conroe.

Jarret New and Morgann McDonald led the SWTJC effort at SHSU. New took fourth in steer wrestling and third in team roping to capture the men's all-around title, while McDonald took second place in barrel racing.

Aldo Serna also earned points for the SWTJC team, partnering with New in the team roping event.

"To qualify for all-around honors you have to place in at least two events," coach Roy Angermiller explained. "Jarret had a good rodeo and he is the first all-around winner we've had in several years."

Angermiller said McDonald also had an impressive showing in the barrels. "She won first in the first go, second in the second go and tied for the fastest time in the entire rodeo," Angermiller said. "With the points she earned at Conroe she has moved to third place overall in the Southern Region."

In the team standings at the SHSU event, the SWTJC women's team finished third and the men ended up fifth.

According to Angermiller, the next event on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Southern Region will be in the early spring.

"Most of our team are freshmen so they have had a chance to settle down this semester and find out what the competition is like," Angermiller said. "I expect the overall team to do really well during the spring semester."

At the end of the four-event fall season, SHSA leads the men's division with 2,144 points. Northeast Texas Community College is second with 1,328 points, followed by third place Trinity Valley Community College with 1,092 points. The SWTJC men with 467 points are ranked ninth.

In the women's division, Louisiana's McNeese State University ranks first with 1,020 points, followed by SHSU with 889 points and Texas A&M Univeristy with 823 points. The SWTJC women are in seventh place with 220 points.

Individually, Morgann McDonald ranks third in barrels, and Jarrett New is in fifth place among steer wrestlers and 11th place as a team roping heeler.

Team ropers Aldo Serna, Taylor Barnes Corey Bader and Tyler Wojciechowski are also ranked in the top 15.

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