Northeast rodeo program competes in first-ever sanctioned rodeo


Special to the Viewpoint

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – The Northeast Community College men’s and women’s rodeo teams hit the ground running on Friday and Saturday as the men’s team took sixth-place at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Rodeo in River Falls, Wis.

On the men’s side, the Hawks scored 150 points out of the 10-team field.

Bull rider Jason Alder (O’Neill, Neb.) tied for second with a ride of 77, while Zane Patrick (Bartlett, Neb.) tied for fifth-place in the steer wrestling.

Heath Calvert (Aurora, Neb.) and Garret Niewohner (Albion, Neb.) made the short round for team roping.

“All in all, it was a good experience for our program,” head coach Fenton Nelsen said. “We all learned what we need to improve on to better our team standings for the next rodeo at North Platte this weekend.”

Both teams will travel to Mid-Plains Community College for the second Great Plains Region rodeo of the season, beginning on Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday evening in North Platte, Neb.

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