Viking Rodeo Women Win, Men Place Second at SAU Rodeo

Posted March 16, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (March 16, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College rodeo teams competed at the Southern Arkansas University rodeo in Magnolia, Ark. The women’s team took first place in the rodeo, while the men’s team placed second.


On the women’s side, Junior Kacey Struxness (Milan, Minn.) took second in the breakaway roping competition. Twyla Reid took second and Senior Charity Howk (Bloomfield, Iowa) took third goat tying. In barrel racing, Senior Rachel Mulachey (Oakwood, Ill.) placed third. The women’s team finished with 305 team points, beating second place Eastern Mississippi Community College by 35 points.


On the men’s side, the Vikings were led by Sophomore Dalton Kingery (Monroe, Iowa) who placed first in saddle bronc riding, and Freshman Cody Crim (Wagener, S.C.) placed third in the event. Also, Freshman Fenton Nelson (Iowa Falls, Iowa) who placed third in calf roping, while Senior Ben Runyon (Tallula, Ill.) placed second in the team roping competition. The Vikings finished with 485 team points, placing second behind the University of Tennessee-Martin.


In the Ozark Region standings, the Viking men’s rodeo team remains in second place behind Tennessee-Martin. MVC has 3773.33 points to Tenessee-Martin’s 4570 points. In third place in the region is the University of West Alabama with 2415 points. The MVC women’s team is now fourth with 1158.33 points. MVC trails first place Troy University by 695 points, second place Southern Arkansas University by 444.17 points and third place Murray State University by 301.67 points.


The next competition for the MVC rodeo program will be the East Mississippi Community College rodeo in West Point, Miss., March 27-29


About Missouri Valley College

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