MURRAY – It was one of those “close, but no cigar” times for the home team in the 36th annual Murray State University College Rodeo this weekend at the Expo Center.
Austin Joseph of Benton placed third overall in his specialty, bareback bronc riding. Calf roper J.D. Angle and his sister, Katie Angle, both of Calvert City, narrowly missed advancing to the short round in Saturday night’s finale.
“That’s kind of the way it went for our whole team,” coach J.D. VanHooser said of the Marshall County contingent’s showing. “We did pretty good, but you’d always like to do better. I guess that’s just human nature.”
Team roping duo Landon Crull and Jarrett McLaughlin made to the short go, but failed to record a time when they missed their steer.
Top performers for the Racer team were Kristen Yunker, second overall in barrel racing, and Logan Corbett, second in bareback bronc riding.
“It didn’t go as well as I’d hoped,” admitted Joseph, who was also entered in four other events – team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling and bull riding.
But, he added, “We didn’t get hurt, and that’s good.”
“He had a rough weekend,” VanHooser said of Joseph, a graduate student who competes in college events and is a touring rodeo professional as well. “He did pretty good, but not as good as he usually does.”
VanHooser noted that the cowboys and cowgirls have extra duties in putting on the Murray rodeo.
“The degree of difficulty is increased because you’re not only riding, you’re producing the rodeo,” he said.
The MSU team will compete this weekend in the Southern Arkansas University College Rodeo in Magnolia, Ark. Joseph will miss that event, as he will be in Davie, Fla., for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Southeastern Finals event.