WALLA WALLA - The Blue Mountain men's rodeo team felt they had a good shot at knocking off defending national champions Walla Walla in the first rodeos of the spring season, but the Warriors proved they are still the top dogs in the Northwest Region with a pair of big wins.
The Timberwolves men came in second in both rodeos and the women took fourth Friday but put together a good weekend to place second after Sunday's final go.
In Friday's rodeo, the T-Wolves had two winners with Quinn McKay setting the top mark in saddle bronc with a 67 and Kayla Tiegs tying Walla Walla's Michele Lyons for first in goat tying at 7.9 seconds.
Walla Walla's Jordan Crossley, of Hermiston, placed second in the women's all-around and beat teammate Courtey Frazier for the barrel racing win with her time of 14.52 seconds.
The T-Wolves' men expected their strongest events to be in the rough stock and that turned out to be the case. Justin Jarvis was the last of three riders to cover a saddled bronc Friday and scored a 60 while Jesse Tennant and R.C. Landingham both placed in the top four in bareback.
Tennant scored a 70 for second and Landingham scored a 66 for fourth.
Just one bull rider completed his run Friday, Washington State's Austin Breckenridge, who earned a 70.
The T-Wolves' Scott Roeser turned in a good day in timed events with an 8.4-second, second-place run in steer wrestling and a 12.3-second, sixth-place time in tie down.
On Saturday and Sunday, the men's rough stock improved on its opening performance.
Landingham took bull riding with a 74, just edging teammate Jarrod Roberson and his 72 - both set Saturday.
Jesse Tennant finished second in bareback with 154 points while Landingham was third with 151 and Roeser was seventh with 67.
Andrew Steffen picked up some team points with a second-place time of 23 seconds in tie down but the T-Wolves had no placers in bulldogging and struggled for the second straight rodeo in team roping.
The women had no first-place finishes in the week's second rodeo, but Tiegs nearly tied for the top spot in goat tying again, missing by less than a tenth of a second.
Kallie Roeser was third in the event and Whitney Stahl added another bronze finish in barrel racing with a time of 29.09, behind Crossley's second-place time of 28.89.