The Western Nevada College Rodeo Club, based out of the Fallon campus, left no doubt in its competitors’ minds that WNC is serious about the sport. After its first two rodeos at Feather River College in Quincy Calif., and Lassen College in Susanville, Calif., the WNC rodeo team positioned several individuals among the region’s top 5 rankings and is poised to become serious contenders for a regional title.
After being approved as a club sport at the end of summer, WNC quickly asserted itself while competing Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in the first two National Intercollegiate West Coast Region rodeos of the season. In the first rodeo at Feather River College, WNC’s women’s club placed second overall.
Particularly dominant for Western Nevada was Courtney Wood, an agriculture major from Chico, Calif. She won all four rounds of the goat-tying event throughout the weekend. Wood is currently leading the goat-tying discipline for the West Coast Region and ranked in the nation’s top 10.
Saddle Bronc rider Quincy Crum enjoyed a good weekend in both of his events, team roping and the saddle bronc riding. Crum is currently sitting second in the region in saddle bronc riding. Fallon native and nursing major Sydney Howard did well in breakaway roping, winning the first round at Feather River with a 2.2-second run, bringing her back to the short round in the No. 1 spot. Howard is currently positioned within the top 10 in breakaway roping after the first two rodeos.
Several WNC club members also performed well in team roping. These clubs included another Fallon native, Kali Reed, who along with her partner, Josh Smith, placed fourth at the Feather River College Rodeo. It was Reed’s first rodeo competition, which made the event even more exciting.
Ashley Martinkus and her partner from Lassen College did well in the team roping event right along with Crum and his partner from West Hills College. Both clubs made it back to the short round at Feather River’s rodeo.
Coach Jesse Segura was pleased with the new club’s first rodeo results.
“As a team, WNC did very well and we cannot wait for the next rodeo in Coalinga, Calif., which will be Nov. 4-6,” Segura said.