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Trojan spurs set to open spring schedule

The Troy University rodeo team will open their spring schedule this weekend at Texarkana, Ark., in the Cossatot Community College Rodeo.

The Trojans enter the spring with the men in fifth place and the women in sixth in the Ozark Region, but Troy coach Josh Simmons said the race from second to sixth on both sides is very tight.

"You can make up a lot of ground with one solid rodeo because there are a bunch of teams that are very close in the standings," Simmons said. "Our group has practiced very hard during the time off and they have a lot of confidence going into this event."

The Troy men will be led into this first event by senior roper Stetson Aldridge (Folkston, Ga.), who spent his time away from collegiate rodeo competing on the professional circuit out west.

"He has been able to hold his own with the big boys, so I am looking forward to see how he does this weekend," Simmons said.

Others the Trojans will be looking to score points this weekend are senior roper Will Bradley (Kossuth, Miss.), junior roper Austin Thomas (Rome, Ga.), and freshmen bull riders Justin Walker (LaBelle, Fla.) and Austin Sellars (Ocala, Fla.).

"I have high expectations for this group," Simmons said. "It is hard not to expect a lot because i know how hard they have been working. I really expect for them to win this event."

On the women's side Simmons said he expects junior Whitney Hazouri (Jacksonville, Fla.) to continue her strong efforts from the fall in the roping events. He also said freshmen Kassandra Smith (Lafayette, Ga.) and Lanie Culligan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) are in position to do well.

Cossatot Community College, which is a part of the University of Arkansas system, is in its first year of rodeo competition and is the newest member of the Ozark Region.

The inaugural CCCUA rodeo will open Thursday night at 7 p.m. and will continue Friday and Saturday evening with performances at 7 p.m. each night.

INFORMATION SOURCE: TROY UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

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