The Otero Junior College rodeo team competed in its 10th and final rodeo of the season in Laramie, Wyoming, on April 27-29. At the competition of the rodeo, Mason Mardesich of Gridley, California, was named the Central Rocky Mountain Region saddle bronc champion for the second year in a row. Head coach Linsay Rosser-Sumpter was named the CRMR Coach of the Year.

Mardesich finished the year with 950 points in the saddle bronc riding competition, which was 210 points ahead of the second place contender. He placed in nine out of the 10 regional rodeos, winning first place at the Sheridan (Wyo.) College Rodeo.

"Mason rode great all year," Rosser-Sumpter said. "There were four rodeos in the fall and he did well at every single one, which gave him a pretty good lead from the start. We were all really nervous after he hurt his shoulder in a snowboarding accident over Christmas Break, but he came back ready to ride and he held his lead through the entire spring semester as well. We are extremely proud of all his accomplishments and will miss Mason next year."

His regional title also secures his trip to the College National Finals Rodeo June 8-16 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming. Mardesich graduated from OJC on May 5 with an Agriculture Business Certificate in web productivity and utilization. He plans to return to California to work for Mardesich Farms.

Rosser-Sumpter won the title of Coach of the Year for the CRMR for the first time in her nine-year career as head coach for the Rattlers. She is the first woman to receive the honor from the CRMR. This puts her in the running for Coach of the Year for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Also ranked in the regional standings for the men's team were Kody Aldrich of Westcliffe, who finished sixth in bull riding. Also finishing sixth in the regional rankings was Austin Crist of Rocky Ford in team roping. Tyler Beebe of Bayfield finished 11th in saddle bronc riding and Dillon Micheel of Nebraska finished in the Top 20 in bull riding.

Leading the women's team was Mariah Dermody of Eagle, placing in two events. She was in the Top 35 regionally in breakaway roping and in the Top 20 in goat tying.

The Rattler rodeo program will be back to action starting in September. For more information about the OJC rodeo team, contact coach Rosser-Sumpter at