UWA rodeo team announces 10 new wranglers

Published 12:18 pm Monday, July 29, 2013

LIVINGSTON – University of West Alabama interim head rodeo coach Justin Caylor announced that 10 new Tiger Wranglers, seven freshmen and three transfers, are expected for the start of the 2013-14-rodeo season.

Among the newcomers are six scholarship wranglers and four walk-ons. Five are from Alabama, four from Mississippi and one from Florida. There are six newcomers to the women’s program and four for the men.

“We are excited to have these young men and women as part of our program,” Caylor said. “Each one brings a skill set and talent that will benefit what we are trying to accomplish in the West Alabama rodeo program.”

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Chrissy Morris from Wetumpka is a two-time Alabama High School Rodeo Association breakaway roping and goat tying champion, as well as the AHSRA barrel racing champion and the 2012 National High School Rodeo Association reserve breakaway roping champion.

From Florence, Brittany Gist is the 2012 and 2013 Tennessee High School Rodeo Association goat tying champion. She also won the 2013 THSRA breakaway roping title and was the 2010 THSRA rookie of the year.

The 2008 all around Lawrence County rodeo champion, Joanna Isom of Tuscumbia will compete in goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. Freshman barrel racers coming on board include Jaden Allred, a freshman from Corner, and Kacey Barrett, a freshman from Selma. Breakaway roper and barrel racer Teal Humphries of Moore Haven, Fla., will transfer from Edison State College.

A pair of bull riders and ropers composes the newcomers to the men’s team. Three of the four are freshmen.

Cory Dean of Leakesville, Miss., and Justin Reeves from Decatur, Miss., will compete as bull riders. Reeves is a two-time National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier.

Henry Anderson of Meridian, Miss., and Scooter Scarborough from Florence, Miss., both compete in the calf and team roping. Scarborough won two trucks in team roping in 2012.