With two events remaining on the schedule, Morgann McDonald of Uvalde and Jarrett New of Wimberley lead SWTJC athletes competing in the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).
On the heels of her first place finish in the March 23-24 Texas A&M University Rodeo in College Station, McDonald is in third place overall in barrel racing competition.
New ranks eighth overall in steer wrestling and ninth in team roping heeler events, good enough for third place overall in the men's all-around competition.
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the SWTJC rodeo teams high five kindergarten students during a specil kids rodeo the team put on for Uvalde students on March 22 in Uvalde. Over 700 Pre-K and kindergarten students watched the SWTJC athletes perform.
The top three finishers in individual events, along with the top two teams in both the men's and women's divisions, will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo on June 9-16 in Casper, Wyoming.
"I think Morgann and Jarrett both stand a good chance of advancing to the finals," coach Roy Angermiller said. "They just need to finish strong in the last two events of the year."
This weekend, April 13-14, SWTJC rodeo teams will be in Hillsboro for the Hill College Rodeo. The season will wind up on April 27-28 at the Wharton County Junior College Rodeo in Wharton.
In the overall team competition, Sam Houston State University holds a commanding lead with 4,695 points. Only six points separate the second and third place teams with Northeast Texas Community College (2,373 points) and Louisiana's McNeese State University (2,367 points) fighting it out for a spot at the national finals.
Sam Houston State also leads the women's division with 1,745 points followed closely by McNeese State with 1,737 points. Texas A&M University - College Station is in third place with 1,427 total points.
Through eight events, last fall and this spring, SWTJC women are in sixth place overall, while the men are in eighth place.
Catherine Asmussen is the only other member of the SWTJC women's team ranking in the top 15. Asmussen is currently in tenth place in barrel racing competition.
Along with New, SWTJC men ranked in the top 15 include: Kelby Lane Crow, 15th, tie-down roping; Tyler Wojciechowski, 14th, team roping heeler; Taylor Barnes, 11th, team roping header; and Corey Bader, 14th team roping header.
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