The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) fall Rodeo season continues as the team recently travelled to Durant, Okla., for the Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SEOSU) Rodeo. NEO Riders competed against schools in the Central Plains Region and both the men’s and women’s teams came away with individual top-ten finishers. The men’s team was led by Ben Piazza, a sophomore animal science major from Twin Oaks, Okla., who finished fourth in the overall standings. Piazza earned 140 points by finishing third in calf roping and fifth in team roping. Rush Hodges, a freshman pre-engineering major from Coweta, Okla., also finished second in calf roping. Top-ten finishes by Ethan Griffin, McKade Wickett, and Lane Watson helped secure a third-place finish for the NEO men in the two-year college division.
The women’s team had success as well, with sophomore agriculture business major Blaze Taylor taking eighth in breakaway roping. Taylor hails from Tonganoxie, Kan. She was joined by the freshman Kassidy McKee, an agriculture major from Lenapah, Okla. McKee secured a tenth place finish in barrel racing.
With two rodeos left in the fall season, Coach Kolby Ungeheuer is celebrating the team’s success and looking forward to what else the team can produce. “This was a great weekend for the NEO Rodeo Team,” said Ungeheuer. “We had eight riders make the finals and a two and three finish in calf roping. I’m very proud of the team this weekend and I expect more great results as the season continues.” (From left: Ben Piazza, Blaze Taylor, Ethan Griffin, McKade Wickett, Kassidy McKee, Lane Watson)