It took four rodeos, but the Casper College men’s team finally put together a winning performance. The Thunderbirds scored a season-high 575 points to win the Lamar Community College Rodeo this past weekend in Lamar, Colorado.
The T-Birds, who finished as the runners-up in the Central Rocky Mountain Region last year, had struggled through the first three rodeos of the 2018-19 campaign. But the team roping tandem of Wheaton Williams and Logan Brown placed second as did Garrett Buckley in saddle bronc riding. And Jerren Johnson teamed with his brother Kellan Johnson (Gillette College) to finish fifth in team roping. Koy Myers finished fifth in saddle bronc, but he wasn’t on the T-Birds’ point-scoring team.
The University of Wyoming, which won last week’s Rustler Roundup at Central Wyoming College with a CRMR-record 855 points, finished second at Lamar with 540 points followed by defending regional champ Sheridan College with 485 and Gillette College with 415.
For Wyoming, steer wrestler Kade Greer and team ropers Caden Camp and JC Flake won their events to lead the Cowboys. Other winners were Sheridan College’s Cole Reiner (bareback bronc riding), Gillette College’s Carter Elshere (saddle bronc), Lamar’s Nate Hoey (bull riding) and Laramie County Community College’s Austin Hurlburt (tie-down roping).
On the women’s side, defending regional champ Gillette College finished first with 445 points, with the University of Wyoming second (270) and Northeastern Junior College third (235).
Brooke Howell won the breakaway roping and placed third in barrel racing to lead the Pronghorns while teammate Taylour Latham won the goat tying. UW’s Rachael Calvo took top honors in barrel racing.
The CRMR fall season concludes this weekend at the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo at Laramie County CC in Cheyenne.
Lamar CC Rodeo
at Lamar, Colorado
Team: Casper College 575, University of Wyoming 540, Sheridan College 485, Gillette College 415, Laramie County Community College 280, Chadron State College 275, Lamar Community College 180, Central Wyoming College 170, Eastern Wyoming College 90, Otero Junior College 90.
Bareback Bronc Riding: Cole Reiner, SC, 156 points Kyle Bloomquist, CSC, 150 Chance Ames, SC, 149 Jake Kesl, GC, 144 Colton Clemens, CWC, 140.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Carter Elshere, GC, 150 points Garrett Buckley, CC, 147 Trevor Clark, SC, 143 Tyler Beebe, OJC, 131 Koy Myers, CC, 66.
Bull Riding: Nate Hoey, LCC, 162 points Miles Englebert, CSC, 80 Garrett Uptain, CSC, 78 Coby Johnson, SC, 76 Connar Cathcart, LCCC, 43.
Steer Wrestling: Kade Greer, UW, 9.2 seconds Nate Weyrich, CWC, 9.6 Brock Belkham, LCCC, 9.8 Tate Petrak, CSC, 11.0 Caden Camp, UW, 11.3.
Tie-Down Roping: Austin Hurlburt, LCCC, 22.2 seconds Wyatt Tarver, CC, 22.5 Jon Peterson, GC, 23.9 Jase Staudt, UW, 24.5 Taylor Davidson, CWC, 25.6.
Team Roping: Caden Camp/JC Flake, UW, 12.4 seconds Wheaton Williams/Logan Brown, CC, 13.6 Kaelie Oliver, CC/Jace Berger, UW, 15.0 Garrett Duncan/Colby Hetzel, SC, 16.4 Kellan Johnson, GC/Jerren Johnson, CC, 17.9.
Team: Gillette College 445, University of Wyoming 270, Northeastern Junior College 235, Eastern Wyoming College 170, Chadron State College 160, Casper College 105, Sheridan College 70, Laramie County Community College 45, Colorado State University 45, Otero Junior College 20.
Barrel Racing: Rachael Calvo, UW, 35.23 seconds Elena Pinckard, CSU-Pueblo, 35.98 Brooke Howell, GC, 36.15 Krissy Vander Voort, SC, 36.41 Merisa Cominiello, CSC, 36.55.
Breakaway Roping: Brooke Howell, GC, 5.0 seconds Chase Kiker, NJC, 6.2 Payton Donnelly, UW, 6.3 Cricket Cunningham, SC, 6.6 Justene Hirsig, UW, 15.8.
Goat Tying: Taylour Latham, GC, 16.7 seconds Faith Hoffman, NJC, 17.0 Karissa Rayhill, EWC, 17.6 Jacey Thompson, EWC, 17.7 Kaycee Monnens, CSC, 18.3.