SNYDER, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University finished fifth in women’s competition and tied for seventh on the men’s side over the weekend in the West Texas College Rodeo.
The Zias tallied 85 points while the Greyhounds finished with 50. Tarleton State swept to both team championships.
“Both teams are doing very well,” ENMU rodeo coach David Browder said. “It’s a matter of the ones we designate for team points all doing well if we’re going to do well team-wise.”
Freshman Raelyn Gardner accounted for 55 points for the women, finishing first in the short-go and fourth in average in goat-tying. Sophomore Lynde Orcutt added the remaining points, finishing second in the long-go in barrel racing.
For the men, junior Dillon Lewis was fourth in the short-go and fourth in average in calf roping, but he was not designated for points in the meet.
Senior Dusty Higgins was split third and fourth in both the short-go and average in bull riding, accounting for 40 points. The other scoring came from senior James Gilliland, who teamed with Tarleton State’s Matt Martin for fourth in the short go and fourth in average in team roping.
Three rodeos remain this spring, beginning with this weekend’s event at West Texas A&M. Others include Howard College (April 14-17) and Tarleton State (April 21-23).
Track — Wins by Zach Gerleve in javelin and Orlando Sanchez in the 3,000-meter steeplechase highlighted ENMU performances on Saturday in the Oliver Jackson Relays track meet at Abilene, Texas, hosted by Abilene Christian. No team scores were kept.
Gerleve’s winning throw was 187 feet, 5 inches, while Sanchez recorded a winning time of 10:44.84.
For the women, ENMU went 2-3 in the 3,000 steeplechase with Lindsey Roberts (14:34.36) and Lisa Lopez (15:48.18).
ENMU coach Eric Boll said his team was a bit tired competing in its second meet in three days. The men finished second and the women third in competition on Thursday at Tarleton State.
Other scoring performances for the men included Aaron Carper, fifth in javelin (169-7); Warren Nuckols, sixth in hammer (135-2) and Jason Garcia, seventh in the 5,000 (16:41). For the women, Jayme Williams was sixth in discus (123-9), Rachel Loya placed fourth (101-4) and Stephanie Prather sixth (88-3) in javelin, and Brittany Bauer was eighth in the 1,500 (5:50.39).
Also for the women, the 400 relay team of Shakeyah Powell, Sharronda Smith, Joanna Munoz and Lindsey New placed seventh in 51.83, and the 1,600 relay team of Powell, Munoz, New and Sheena Ray was seventh in 4:25.71.
ENMU returns to action on Thursday in the McMurry Invitatinal at Abilene.