Hawks Rodeo Wraps Up Fall Season

BIG SPRING – The Howard College Hawk rodeo team recently wrapped up their fall season with a newcomer sitting in position to make a run for the national finals this spring.

Mace Perozak, a 22 year old freshman from Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada, finds himself in 4th place in the historically competitive Southwest Region for tie down roping, poised to make his way into the top finishers for the year.

“Mace is a tough competitor,” said Greg Kernick, Hawk rodeo head coach. “He was actually in second place but he got injured before the Texas Tech rodeo so we are hopeful he’ll make a strong run this spring and put himself in position to head to the College National Finals Rodeo in 2015.”

Although Mace spends a large amount of time practicing his tie down and team roping events, he is also devoted to his classes. Currently enrolled in the Green Construction Technology program, he is very successful and looking to put his new skills to work.

“Back home, I did a lot of work in the construction field,” said Perozak. “I thought it would be helpful to further my education a little more and learn some new skills that I could put to good use in the workplace.”

One might wonder how a rodeo kid from Canada finds his way to Howard College in Big Spring, Texas but Perozak finds it to be the perfect fit.

“I knew I was going to be in Texas for some professional rodeos so I decided to further my education and get enrolled in college while I was there,” Mace added.

“I grew up with one of the girls on the team, Jolene Selk, and she helped me get in touch with Mr. Kernick.” And the rest is history.

Hawk rodeo has traditionally had students from all over the country and has expanded the recruitment into Canada over the last several years as well.

For a small town rodeo guy, Howard College and Hawk rodeo make a great match. The small class sizes, team atmosphere, and Texas hospitality make students feel at home.

“My favorite thing about Hawk rodeo is the people that I get to spend time with,” said Perozak. “Whether it is helping me in practice, at a rodeo, or just giving me a hand to get down the road, the people here at Howard College have been a big part of my early success. Whatever I need, I can count on my classmates to help me out, and I’d do the same for them.”

Looking to the future, Perozak and his Hawk rodeo teammates are taking their break seriously and preparing for the next round of rodeos in spring 2015.

 “As a team and as individual competitors, we definitely are working hard to have better performances in the spring,” stated Kernick. “But I believe they are all capable of coming out strong. Mace is a great leader for this team and with his attitude and dedication, I’m looking for them all to have a strong spring season.”

Hawk rodeo will start off the spring season on March 19, 2015 at Odessa College. You can catch all of the exciting action at the Howard College home town rodeo here in Big Spring, Tx at the Howard County Rodeo Bowl April 9-11, 2015.

For more information on Hawk rodeo, please visit www.hchawk.com or check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/HCHawkAthletics.

Mace Perozak

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