Pictured: Kent Sheldon and Makenzie Mayes
By: Justin Hargrove, Assistant Athletic Director
The Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo Team headed South November 10th-12th for the Sam Houston State University Rodeo. This was the fifth and final Rodeo of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Southern Region Fall season.
Makenzie Mayes (Scroggins, TX) added to her nice fall season in Ladies Breakaway Roping, finishing 4th at Sam Houston State University, Mayes’ finish gained her enough points to be sitting in First place in the Region heading into the winter break.
In the Ladies Barrel racing, fellow freshmen Taylor Eastridge (Beckley, WV) brought home points with her 6thplace finish. Eastridge had the second fastest time in her first-round grouping to land her a spot in the finals. This places Taylor in the top 10 at the half way point of the season.
For the Men’s team, Kent Sheldon (Hanford, CA) would qualify for the finals in two events. Kent picked up points in Saddle Bronc for the Eagles and also competed in the Team Roping Event with Jose Cortazar (Pearland, TX) of NTCC. The duo brought home a fifth-place finish in Team Roping placing them in the top 20 at the break with five more Rodeos left in the season.
Eagle Brennan Wilson (Gilmer, TX) also competes in the Team Roping with his partner Lantz Pyssen of Southwest Texas Junior College. The pair sit at ninth place heading to the halfway point in the year.
Garrett Fields (Quitman, TX) is looking for a great spring to move him up in the Steerwestling standings, he currently is tenth in the Region.
NTCC Bull riders Colton Burkhard (Ivanhoe, TX) and Nathan Gwin (Ashdown, AR) are looking to make a trip to the College Finals, Burkhard sits in ninth place and Gwin is in twelfth place the winter break.
The Eagles will be off of college Rodeo action until the Texas A&M University Commerce Rodeo February 3-4, 2023 at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas.