Troy Stampede set to take place

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The seventh annual Troy Stampede will take place the Cattlemen’s Ranch off of highway 231 starting today and running through Saturday.

The event is entirely made up of collegiate men and women teams from 20 different schools around the south.

Some of the schools that will be participating in the event are Mississippe State, Michigan State, the University of West Alabama and the University of Tennessee-Martin, which is currently in second place the Ozark Region — the same one the Trojans compete in.

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“It’s always an honor to have an event like [the Troy Stampede] at home,” rodeo coach Josh Simmons said.

“We always enjoy it.”

Both the Troy University men and women teams will be in action this weekend.

So far this season, which began late last month, both teams have seen its fair share of success.

“I think we may have one of the toughest women’s teams around.” Simmons said.

“Our men’s team can really hold their own with some of the best teams.

“We are looking to for both teams to win [the Stampede],” he added.

The women’s team won has already won on event this year, the Missouri Valley College Rodeo, finishing with 325 points.

Marla Seidelman finished in first in Breakaway Roping with a time of 5.7 seconds for the girls.

The men’s team finished in third in the same rodeo, with a 475 points. Clint Keller ad Mark Gentry finished in first in Team Roping with a time of 15.2 seconds.

Currently, the men’s team is in third place in its region with 850 points, while the women’s team comes into the event leading its region with 725 points.

Last year, the men’s team finished in second place in the Stampede with 756 points while the women finished in fourth place with 230.5.

The Troy Stampede will begin each day at 7 p.m.

Admission for each night is $8 for adults, $5 for high schools and free for Troy University students and children under the age of seven.