POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College is having another successful season in rodeo at the midpoint of the 2017-18 season.
The Wildcats completed the fall portion of their schedule with several riders still in contention for a spot in the College National Finals Rodeo. The top three finishers in each event, plus the top two teams overall advance to the Finals, held in June at Casper, Wyo.
PRCC sits fifth in the men’s standings and sixth in the women’s standings in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, the governing body for college rodeo. The men have a total of 1,290 points, while the women have 265.
Individually, freshman Chase Graves (Poplarville) is fourth in steer wrestling with 275 points, just 28.3 points out of third position. Sophomore Ryder Ladner (Kiln) is ninth in steer wrestling with 135 points and tied for ninth in tie-down roping with 140 points.
Freshman Scott Davis (Lucedale) sits fifth in saddle bronc riding with 160 points. Freshman Tyler Stewart (Brandon) is sixth in bareback riding with 60 points.
Sophomore Nick Gonzales (Carriere) and freshman Austin Tuley (Red Oak, Texas) are seventh in team roping, each with 135 points, with Ladner and Graves in a three-way tie for eighth in team roping with 130 points.
For the women, freshman Abbi Holliday (Poplarville) is tied for ninth in barrel racing with 90 points; sophomore Chelsey Johnson (Poplarville) is 11th in goat tying with 95 points and tied for 15th in goat tying with 80 points.
Pearl River will open the 2018 portion of its schedule at Meridian, an event hosted by East Mississippi Community College in mid-February. The specific date has yet to be determined.