Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- June 20, 2003
Cal Poly Student Skips Graduation, Snags National Rodeo Championship Title
While his classmates were climbing into caps and gowns June 14, Cal Poly's Jesse Segura
was climbing into the saddle in Wyoming - where he earned the 2003 National All-Around
Cowboy title, becoming the top collegiate rodeo competitor in the U.S.
Segura, who technically graduated with a bachelor's degree in earth science June 14,
took home a $6,500 scholarship and a $35,000 sponsorship for competition next year on
the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association circuit.
"He was winning all that at the same time he was supposed to be walking down the aisle
in a cap and gown at graduation," said Cal Poly Rodeo Coach Bret Black.
Winning the National All-Around title awarded by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association (NIRA) is "a huge honor," Black said, both for Segura and the Cal Poly
Rodeo Team. It's the first time in roughly 30 years a Cal Poly Rodeo Team member
has earned the NIRA National All-Around Cowboy title.
Segura, of Winnemucca, Nev., is weighing whether to compete on the PRCA rodeo
circuit next year or go to graduate school at Cal Poly.
He was one of 12 Cal Poly Rodeo Team members to make the NIRA final competition in
Casper, Wyo., June 8-14.
Those competing for Cal Poly on the Men's Team at the finals included Segura, Billy
Bugenig of Ferndale, Clint Cooper of Atascadero, John Wiersma of Hollister, Josh
Mack of Millville, Luke Lancaster of Austin, Nev. and Scott McCulloch of Galt.
Competing for Cal Poly on the Women's Team were Fallon Avery of Aromas, Linsay
Rosser of Wheatland, Sadie Myers of Winnemucca, Nev., and Tiffany Curtis of Cody, Wyo.
In the men's competition, Segura placed fourth in the first round of Saddle Bronc
Riding and sixth in the third round of Steer Wrestling, and seventh in the average
and first in the National All-Around standings with a five-point lead. Cooper placed
fifth in the second round of Calf Roping. Lancaster placed first in the third round
of Steer Wrestling.
In the women's competition, Rosser and Curtis tied for fourth in the second round
of Breakaway Roping.
For more information on the national NIRA finals, visit the association web site at:
Editors: Jesse Segura will be in San Luis Obispo County available for interviews
Contact: Teresa Hendrix in Cal Poly Public Affairs at (805) 756-7266 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Rodeo Coach Bret Black at (805) 459-7764 or email@example.com to set up interviews.