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Nov 06
MPCC Rodeo Team rounds out fall rodeos

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The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team is sitting second in the Great Plains Region in the men's team standings and third in the women's team standings halfway through the 2018-19 season. 

That's after the MPCC men's and women's teams both finished fifth at the Sisseton Wahpeton College Rodeo in Sisseton, S.D. on Friday.

JD Draper, of Oakley, Kan., continued his winning streak by placing first in the steer wrestling. He was followed by teammates Marshall Still, of Oconto, who split third and fourth and Austin Madison, of Whiting, Iowa, who finished fifth.

"JD just went out there and took care of business," said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. "He's done really well this year. He was sitting second in the region going into Sisseton, and then we made a hazer change because the timing has been off a bit. The timing was better in South Dakota. JD made two really good runs and came out on top."

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Sheyenne Hammond, of Valentine, ended up second in the barrel racing and Koby Jacobsen, of Haiku, Hawaii, was third in the bull riding.

Trenton Solida, of Phillipsburg, Kan., rounded out the day sixth in the tie-down roping while Seth Pearson, of Valentine, and Sean Miller, of Callaway, finished sixth in the team roping.

"Overall, we didn't have as good of a rodeo as we should have," said Nokes. "I know we can do better. It could end up being the best thing for us, though, because these kids are going to have some time over the winter months to practice hard and work on any areas they're having trouble with then come back even stronger in the spring." 

Sisseton was the final rodeo of the fall. The team will have a break until spring when it travels to four more rodeos. 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​