Making a Mark in Rodeo
Rodeo is listed only under male’s sports on Eastern New Mexico University’s official sports website, but through the years the women’s rodeo team have proven they deserve their own link on the site.
Senior Kaylee Foster feels as if Eastern New Mexico’s rodeo team stands out from the others in the region.
“We are truly a team, even though the sport of rodeo is an individual game. At any rodeo, you can spot the Eastern team sitting together and cheering each other on,” said Kaylee Foster. The team has gone against other colleges such as Tarleton State University, Texas Tech, and West Texas A&M.
Kaylee Foster also noted, “Our girls are just as good if not better than anybody else that enters the arena because we work harder. We take the limited opportunities we have to practice, optimize them, and better ourselves to ensure that we are the best of the best.”
With all the work being accomplished by these young women, academia is not an aspect of their lives that is allowed to suffer.
“It's important to note as well that our academics, compared to other athletics, is second to none. This is an achievement in itself, seeing as we leave on Thursdays and come home late on Saturday nights one weekend after another,” Kaylee Foster stated.
The Woman’s Rodeo team is going into Vernon College Rodeo fresh off placing third in the Sul Ross State University Rodeo. Eastern Student-Athlete of The Week, Lindsey Adcock summed up on how the ENMU Woman’s Rodeo team could continue their momentum
“The team needs to continue doing what they’ve been doing…having a few girls doing well in the short go and that’s where it counts.”
All competitors compete in the long go, which having the best time or score in a certain event gets you in to the short go of the event. The competitor who gets to contend in the short go out did most of their opponents in order to get them in the short go events.
“We’re strong at every event, but goat tying is where we get a lot of our points” added Adcock.
The team will need to continue with that dominance to keep their momentum and in order to win the next rodeo they will be competing in. That rodeo will begin Thursday October 1st and end on Saturday October 3rd in Vernon Texas for the Vernon College Rodeo.
Junior pre-med student Hunter Haley had some words to sum up the rodeo team,
“It’s a way of life. It keeps you in touch with people from all over, I have friends from Australia and Canada.”