Women Finish Second in Region’s Team Standings, Besting Cal Poly, Fresno State
The National Intercollegiate West Coast Region rodeo circuit is quickly learning that Western Nevada College isn’t like many first-year clubs.
WNC made a spectacular showing at the West Hills College-Coalinga Rodeo on Nov. 3-4 in Coalinga, Calif. The Wildcats’ women’s club ascended to second place in the region, trailing only UNLV, while Clayton Biglow, Courtney Wood and Quincy Crum took home first-place buckles.
Biglow won the team roping event, while Wood and Crum claimed first place in goat tying and saddle bronc riding, respectively. Furthermore, Kayla Norcutt was the reserve all-around cowgirl and Ashley Martinkus placed in team roping and Sydney Howard placed in the goat tying.
With their most-recent results, WNC’s men’s club moved into sixth place in the West Coast Region rankings. As the region’s second-place team, WNC’s women’s club leads large Californian universities such as Cal Poly and Fresno State.
Several of WNC’s Rodeo Club members are also ranked in the region’s top 15 individual standings. Wood leads the pack in goat tying, Crum is second in saddle bronc riding and Biglow is fourth in team roping heading. Team roping healers Ashley Martinkus and Joshua Smith are ranked ninth and 13th, respectively. Norcutt is 14th in the breakaway, while Norcutt is fifth in goat tying and Sydney Howard is eighth in goat tying.
Wood’s expertise in goat tying has made her one of the top performers nationally. She is currently ranked sixth in the discipline.
Biglow also learned that he will take his talents to a much larger stage next month.
“A big congratulation goes out to WNC Rodeo Club member Clayton Biglow for qualifying for his first National Finals Rodeo in the bareback riding,” said WNC coach Jesse Segura.
The NFR brings the best of the sport to Las Vegas in December.
Western Nevada College’s Rodeo Club competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in the West Coast Region. NIRA consists of a total of 11 regions throughout the United States.
This was the final rodeo for the fall season and the club will continue to practice to be ready when the spring season begins in 2017.