WWCC athletes shine at annual College Rodeo

Host WWCC claims two individual crowns as well as one team title at the annual College Rodeo over the weekend.

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Walla Walla Community College's Courtney Frazier during her barrel racing run Sunday.

WALLA WALLA - A total of nine title winners - eight individual and one team - were recognized Sunday in the final session of the annual Walla Walla Community College Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

The host Warriors claimed two individual crowns and one team championship during the three-day event that helped celebrate the life of the late Tim Corfield, former WWCC rodeo coach, and raised funds for child abuse prevention.

"It went really well," WWCC coach Buster Barton said. "We won Friday's rodeo (unofficially) and judging from the finals (Sunday), I think Walla Walla is pretty well represented."

WWCC's Nick Gutzwiler won the bareback competition by following up an 82-point performance on Saturday with an effort of 71 on Sunday - resulting in a total score of 153.

"Nick had two good bareback horses," Barton said.

Walla Walla's Cody Cabral cruised to victory in the steer wrestling. He posted a time of 5.6 seconds on Sunday, nearly a second faster than a 6.3 on Saturday that left him with an 11.9 average.

Mitch Dove and Brock Palmer of WWCC improved on an 8.6 mark achieved in Saturday's team roping with a Sunday run of 7.6 that gave the twosome an average score of 16.2.

The remaining group of individual winners included Matt Rice of Idaho and Central Washington's Jordan Crossley in the tiedown roping and barrel racing events, respectively. Rice ended up with a 20.7 average after a weekend-best 9.0 run on Sunday, while Crossley nipped Alyson Kennedy and Courtney Frazier, both of Walla Walla, with an average of 28.78. Crossley registered a 14.43 time on the final day.

Blue Mountain's Bryan Martinat and Jarrod Roberson won their respective events. Martinat was first in the saddle bronc event with a 151 total for two head including a 74 on Sunday. Roberson prevailed with a 144 total in the bull riding (scores of 68 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday).

Rachel Charters of Treasure Valley emerged victorious in the breakaway roping with a two-head average of 6.1. Britni Thorpe of Blue Mountain and Idaho's Coti Fuller tied for goat-tying honors with a 16.9 average.

Among the runners-up were Joey Bergeven of Central Washington (tie down roping, 21.1 average), WWCC's Kennedy and Michele Lyons (barrel racing, 28.8; breakaway roping, 6.6), Wayne Schaffeld of Eastern Oregon (steer wrestling, 16.4), and Matt Moulton and Austin Clow (team roping, 22.9).

Kennedy's clocking of 14.32 in Sunday's barrel racing was the weekend's swiftest. Frazier was third in that event with a 28.84 average.

"All-in-all, our attendance was up from last year," Barton said. "The partnership with the community college and child abuse council makes it easy to put on a great event.

"Not only do we have great rodeo fans, but we have people coming out to support a great cause."

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