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Miami, Oklahoma – The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College rodeo teams travelled to Manhattan, Kansas for the first college rodeo of the spring season on February 19-21 at the Kansas State University, qualifying 11 members in the short go-round and winning the women’s team title.  

Leading the women’s team was Jessie Ishmael, who placed first in the average in goat tying, and Jaiden Wilmoth, who was first in the average in barrel racing. Bailey Stuva was fourth in barrel racing, and rounding out the team was Larissa Byers, who placed fourth in breakaway roping. These placements allowed NEO to clinch the women’s team title.   

“I am very thankful to be a part of this team,” said Jessie Ishmael. “Everyone has worked so hard this winter and it’s a great feeling to see it pay off.” 

Shane Jenkins gave the men’s team a great start to the spring season by placing second in the average in team roping. Cash Tharp and Corey Larsen were fourth, Trevor Naylor and Wyatt Kanan placed fifth and Zane Kilgus, Cody Huwa of Oklahoma State, Kyle Thomas and McKade Wickett of Southeastern tied for sixth. The men’s team finished first in the junior college division and third overall.  

Zane Kilgus placed fourth in the long go-round in steer wrestling, but unfortunately did not place in the short go-round.  

“The K-State Rodeo was an outstanding event for NEO Rodeo,” said NEO Rodeo coach, Kolby Ungeheuer.  “I was very proud of the way both teams started off the spring semester. The women’s team taking home the overall championship and the men’s team winning third overall, and first place junior college team was a great showing of how hard all of them have been working. The weather hasn’t been ideal lately, but that hasn’t slowed any of them down from working hard every day to get where they want to be. I’m very proud of the fact that both teams have moved up to fourth overall in the Central Plains Region standings. I think that’s the highest we’ve ever had both teams ranked at the same time, I am very proud of them.” 

To view the full schedule please visit neoathletics.com. 

For more information, please contact Kolby Ungeheuer at Kolby.ungeheuer@neo.edu.

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