NTC men’s rodeo team finishes strong

Feb 25th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-3: The Science of Place, Tribal College News
By Daniel Vandever
RODEO CHAMP. NTC athlete Emerson Long ties down his calf during the tie-down event at the Diné College rodeo. Long is currently in fourth place in the tie-down event in the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

RODEO CHAMP. NTC athlete Emerson Long ties down his calf during the tie-down event at the Diné College rodeo. Long is currently in fourth place in the tie-down event in the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

The Navajo Technical College (NTC, Crownpoint, NM) men’s rodeo team finished out the fall season of the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) in solid fashion, leapfrogging Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ) in the standings to finish the first half of the season in fifth place overall.

NTC has been paced by steer wrestler, Malcolm Antone of Crownpoint, NM and tie-down roper, Emerson Long of Tohatchi, NM, who currently sit in seventh and fourth place in their respective events.

Both cowboys had a strong showing at the Mesalands Community College rodeo, October 12-13, both winning the “long go” after Antone posted a 5.2 in the steer-wrestling event and Long posted a 10.4 in the tie-down. Although each athlete struggled in the “short go,” they finished in third and sixth place in the average.

“Everything just went right. I had a good draw and my horse really hustled,” says Long, who is a second-year energy systems major. “Things have been going good to where I just have to keep practicing and keep up with my grades until the season starts up again.” NTC has also received huge contributions from a pair of first-year college bull riders: Kevin Frazier of Tsaile, AZ and Tyrell Harvey of Wheatfields, AZ. Harvey made the short go at the Mesalands rodeo while Frazier sits in twelfth place in the Grand Canyon Region standings after consistent rides at both Mesalands and the Cochise Community College rodeo.

“The bull riders are really coming together,” says coach Jackson Craig about the two carpentry students from NTC’s Chinle instructional site. “Kevin did really well at the Cochise rodeo and Tyrell put in a good ride at the Mesalands rodeo. It really encouraged them finishing strong like they did.”

NTC will resume rodeo action March 2-3, 2013, at the Central Arizona College rodeo in Ft. Huachuca, AZ.

For more information about Navajo Technical College’s rodeo program, contact Jackson Craig at (505) 786-4172. For complete standings of the Grand Canyon Region, visit www.collegerodeo.com.

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