Cuesta Rodeo student athletes rank first in the nation
Cumulative season points placed the men’s team at the top spot
–The Cuesta College Rodeo Club Men’s Team currently sits at number one in the nation as it advances toward the national intercollegiate competition in June. Sixteen rodeo student athletes, nine men and eight women, recently competed in the fifth and sixth regional National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association competitions of the 2016-17 season.The results, combined with the cumulative season points, placed the men’s team at the top spot in the nation and number one in the West Coast Region. The women’s team has placed fifth in the region.
“This is only our third year of having an organized Rodeo Club at Cuesta College and to be number one in the nation right now is just so exciting,” said Cuesta College Rodeo Club Head Coach Clint Pearce. “Competing at regional competitions is a great way to showcase the amazing athletic ability of our student athletes, and having a points team that is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association really allows us to shine on that national stage.”
The current list of Cuesta College’s standings in the nation:
- First Place: Men’s Team Competition
- First Place: Men’s All Around Competition, William Centoni
- First Place: Men’s Bull Riding Competition, William Centon
- First Place: Men’s Team Roping Header Competition, Tristan Ruffoni
- Second Place: Men’s Team Roping Heeler Competition, Dalton Pearce
- Fifth Place: Men’s All Around Competition, Sterling Humphry
- Seventh Place: Men’s Saddle Bronc Riding Competition, William Centoni
- Ninth Place: Men’s Steer Wrestling Competition, Sterling Humphry
The Rodeo Club, which was formed during the fall 2014 semester via the Associated Students of Cuesta College, consists of approximately 30 members who are both passionate about rodeo and dedicated to their education. Each member is a full-time Cuesta College student. The club works closely with the Cal Poly Rodeo Team and many club members ultimately transfer to the university.
“We are building the strongest rodeo team that we can here at Cuesta College and the program is also designed to help these student athletes take courses that will increase their chances of successfully transferring to Cal Poly and onto their rodeo team. It’s really exciting because it’s working. We are sending more of our rodeo athletes to Cal Poly each year,” said Pearce, who said that last year approximately five Cuesta rodeo club students transferred to Cal Poly. “Our plan is really bearing fruit. At the end of the day, this is all about getting a great education.”
Cuesta College’s Rodeo Club will return to the arena in the upcoming regional competitions at Cal Poly during the Poly Royal Rodeo April 6 – 8. The College National Finals Rodeo will take place in Wyoming in June 2017. Last year, the Cuesta College Rodeo Club placed 19 in the nation.
For more information on the rodeo club, contact the Associated Students of Cuesta College (ASCC) office at (805) 546-3289.