James ranks first in calf roping

Best in Nation — Cody James, shown here in a file photo, currently ranks first nationally in men's tie-down calf roping.
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Staff Writer

   University of Arkansas – Monticello Rodeo team member Cody James, a junior physical education major from Monticello, is currently ranked first in the nation and the region by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in men's tie-down calf roping.

   The top three places in the region at the end of the season go on to compete at the national finals in Casper, Wyo., which runs from June 12 -18. James, who has been involved in rodeo since he was a little boy, credits much of his success to his horse Bullet.

   "I'm going to continue to work hard, and hopefully at the end of the season, I'll be the one who wins the national title,” James said.

   Rodeo coach JoLynn Wells praised James and other members.

   "I'm very proud of Cody, as well as the rest of our team,” Wells said. “We have several students who are ranked regionally including Laura Kennedy, who is ranked second in the region, and fifth nationally in the breakaway roping division. I'm excited to see what the end of the season will bring for everyone."

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