PRCA: Saturday

Garrett Uptain rides the bull Crazy Nights at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo on July 13 in Casper. The Chadron State College cowboy won the bull riding at the Central Rocky Mountain College regional rodeo in Chadron, Nebraska, over the weekend.

The Casper College rodeo teams got the 2019-20 Central Rocky Mountain Region season off to solid starts over the weekend at the Chadron State College Rodeo, with the Thunderbirds men’s team finishing atop the standings and the women’s team placing second.

The men’s team totaled 600 points for the weekend behind second-place finishes from team roping brothers Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson and K’s Thomson, who was the runner-up in both saddle bronc riding and bull riding. The team roping tandem of Braden Pirrung and Nevada Berquist won the rodeo with a two-run time of 19.1 seconds, but they were not on the T-Birds’ points roster.

Host Chadron State finished second with 535 points, followed by defending regional champ University of Wyoming with 470 and Gillette College with 310.

For Chadron State, Kyle Bloomquist shared the top spot in bareback bronc riding with Otero Junior College’s Josh Parker and Garrett Uptain won the bull riding. Wyoming got first-place finishes from saddle bronc rider Cash Wilson and steer wrestler Caden Camp. Gillette College’s Trae Smith won the tie-down roping.

For the women, defending regional team champ Wyoming had 323.3 points to finish 15 points ahead of Casper College.

The Cowgirls didn’t have an individual champ, but did get top-5 finishes from Kelsey Lensegrav (breakaway roping and goat tying), Taylour Latham (barrel racing). Jacey Thompson (breakaway roping) and Teisha Coffield (goat tying).

For Casper College, Kaelie Oliver won the breakaway with a two-run time of 5.2 seconds and Makenna Balkenbush was fourth in the barrels.

The CRMR season continues this weekend at Sheridan College.

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Team: Casper College 600 points, Chadron State College 535, University of Wyoming 470, Gillette College 310, Laramie County Community College 280, Otero Junior College 245, Central Wyoming College 190, Lamar Community College 160, Eastern Wyoming College 120, Colorado State University 30.

Bareback Bronc Riding: Josh Parker, OJC, 147 points Kyle Bloomquist, CSC, 147 Rickey Williams, CWC, 143 Jake Kesl, GC, 142 Donny Proffit, UW, 142.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Cash Wilson, UW, 149 points K’s Thomson, CC, 144 Tyler Beebe, OJC, 141 Clayton Atkinson, CC, 131 Ian McGivney, LCCC, 77.

Bull Riding: Garrett Uptain, CSC, 156 points K’s Thomson, CC, 144 Dakotah Paris, CWC, 79 Miles Englebert, CSC, 69 Brett McAbee, EWC, 65 Justin Pabst, CSU, 65.

Steer Wrestling: Caden Camp, UW, 8.7 seconds Carson Good, CSC, 9.5 Chadron Coffield, UW, 10.0 Tate Petrak, CSC, 10.5 Bernard Girard, LCCC, 10.9.

Tie-Down Roping: Trae Smith, GC, 17.9 seconds Jace Berger, UW, 19.4 Justin Skarohlid, LCCC, 20.5 Chadron Coffield, UW, 20.7 Wyatt Tarver, UW, 21.3.

Team Roping: Braden Pirrung/Nevada Berquist, CC, 19.1 seconds Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson, CC, 19.9 Seth Peterson/Dusty Taylor, UW, 20.8 Matthew Fischer/Jerome Chee, LCC, 22.6 Shayla Howell, UW/Cord Roberts, LCCC, 25.2.


Team: University of Wyoming 323.3 points, Casper College 308.3, Gillette College 265, Eastern Wyoming College 150, Northeastern Junior College 150, Otero Junior College 130, Chadron State College 100, Colorado State University 40.

Barrel Racing: Riley Addington, GC, 34.81 seconds Taylour Latham, UW, 35.18 Brianna Williams, CSC, 35.31 Makenna Balkenbush, CC, 35.34 Sydney Maher, GC, 35.53.

Breakaway Roping: Kaelie Oliver, CC, 5.2 seconds Graycee Lay, OJC, 5.4 Jacey Thompson, UW, 5.6 Kelsey Lensegrav, UW, 6.5 Rieley Maier, CSC, 2.7 (on one).

Goat Tying: Karissa Rayhill, EWC, 15.3 seconds Riata Day, NJC, 15.9 Kelsey Lensegrav, UW, 16.3 Teisha Coffield, UW, 16.9 Quincy Segelke, CSC, 17.5.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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