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The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Rodeo Team traveled to Manhattan, Kan. for the Kansas State University Rodeo on the weekend on Feb. 17 for their first rodeo of the spring season. Riders competed against schools in the Central Plains Region and the men’s team claimed first place among two-year men’s teams behind outstanding finishes in tie-down roping.

Leading the charge and claiming the buckle with a total time of 18 second was Freshman Dawson Turner, an Ag Business major from Sidney, Ark. Turner was joined in the top ten by Freshman Rush Hodges, Freshman Dawson Appleton, Freshman Ty Kirby, and Freshman Steven Richmod. Sophomore Ethan Griffin, an Animal Science major from Jay, Okla., also finished second as the team roping header.

NEO Rodeo will travel to five more spring rodeos this season: Fort Scott Community College on March 8-10, Garden City Community College on April 5-7, Southwest Oklahoma State University on April 11-13, Fort Hays State University on April 19-20, and Panhandle State University on April 25-27.

“The K- State rodeo was a really exciting event for us this past weekend. Having NEO Tie-Down Ropers represent half of the total of contestants in the finals was an amazing feat,” said Rodeo Head Coach Kolby Ungeheuer. “All of these young men had a great weekend and then to finish it off, winning 1st and 2nd in the tie-down and 2nd in the team roping was very exciting! The rodeo team has been working extremely hard in this early spring season, so it’s great to see it pay off at the first event. I’m looking forward to a great spring for the entire team!”

(Above Photo: Dawson Turner. Lower photo from left: Steven Richmond, Ty Kirby, Dawson Turner, Ethan Griffin, Dawson Appleton, Rush Hodges)

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