Viking Rodeo Teams Capture Ozark Region Championships

Posted April 30, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 30, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College rodeo teams finished out their regular seasons competing at the Cossatot (Ark.) Community College rodeo in Texarkana, Ark.  The Viking men’s rodeo team won the rodeo, while the women’s team placed second.  In addition, both MVC rodeo teams secured an Ozark Region championship.


Leading the men’s team to the rodeo title was Senior Matt Borton (Ostego, Mich.) who won the bareback riding competition with 160 points.  Senior Dalton Kingery (Monroe, Iowa) finished second in the event with 140 points.  Kingery then won the saddle bronc riding with 180 points, followed by Junior Briar Dittmer (Runnells, Iowa), who placed second with 100 points.  Junior Ben Kilburg (LaMotte, Iowa) placed second in steer wrestling with 150 points.


On the women’s side, Junior Kirbie Crouse (Gallatin, Mo.) placed second in breakaway roping with 150 points and Junior Jacy Nelsen (Iowa City, Iowa) placed second in goat tying with 145 points.


The men’ rodeo team won the Cossatot rodeo with 780 points, topping East Mississippi Community College, which finished with 725 points.  The women’s team placed second with 300 points, behind the 440 points from Southern Arkansas University.


This weekend’s rodeo also finished the 2016-17 season in the Ozark Region.  Both Viking rodeo teams captured regional championships.  The men’s team finished the season with 7,200 points, topping second place East Mississippi’s 4,710 points.  The Viking women’s team finished the season with 2,773.33 points, topping second place Southern Arkansas, which finished with 2,405 points.


In addition to the team regional titles, the Missouri Valley rodeo teams finished atop the standings in four individual events.  Junior Breanna Ellis (Clarion, Iowa) won the women’s all-around title, ending the season with 995 points.  Crouse finished second with 835 total points and Freshman Fallon Dyer (Ottawa, Kna.) placed third with 815 points.  On the men’s side, Borton topped the bareback riding standings with 1,570 points, winning the event y over 400 points.  Kingry won the saddle bronc riding competition with 1,195 points, topping teammate Dittmer who finished with 1,065 points.  Also earning first in his competition was Kilburg, who on the steer wrestling event with 720 points.  Kingery also finished second in the men’s all-around, missing first place by 45 points.


The Viking men’ rodeo team won its seventh regional championship under Head Coach Ken Mason, and the women’s team won its second Ozark Region title.  Both teams last swept the Ozark Region back in the 2014-15 season.  By winning the Ozark Region, the men’s and women’s rodeo programs will compete for a team National championship at the College National Finals Rodeo set for June 9-17 in Casper, Wyo.  The women’s team finished as reserve National champions at the 2016 CNFR.




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