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The University of Wyoming women’s rodeo team continued its strong start to the Central Rocky Mountain Region season by winning the Rustler Roundup at Central Wyoming College over the weekend.

The Cowgirls went 1-2-3 in goat tying and had two other top-5 finishers to total 445 points and finish 85 points ahead of runner-up Sheridan College. Jacey Thompson won the goat tying with a two-run time of 15.6 seconds, followed by Faith Hoffman and Taylour Latham, who both finished with a 16.1. In addition, Mikenzy Miller tied for fifth in the event with a 17.5 and Rachael Calvo was fourth in barrel racing.

Sheridan College’s Tymber Taylor won the breakaway roping and Gillette College’s Sydney Maher won the barrel racing.

For Casper College, Makenna Balkenbush and Jenna Hoffman finished second and third, respectively, in the barrels.

On the men’s side, Gillette College scored 690 points to win its first team title of the season, with UW finishing second with 655 points and Casper College third with 545.

The Pronghorns’ only individual winners were team ropers Jon Peterson and Trae Smith, who had a two-run time of 11.9 seconds. Peterson also placed second in tie-down roping while Jake Kesl was second in bareback bronc riding and Grant Turek was third in tie-down.

Other event winners were Chadron State College’s Kyle Bloomquist (bareback), UW’s Houston Brown (saddle bronc) and Seth Peterson (steer wrestling), Sheridan College’s Coby Johnson (bull riding), and Laramie County Community College’s Bernard Girard (tie-down).

Casper College’s K’s Thomson was second in saddle bronc and third in bull riding, and team ropers Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson were second.

The CRMR season continues this weekend with the Antelope Stampede in Lamar, Colorado.

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Team: Gillette College 690 points, University of Wyoming 655, Casper College 545, Laramie County Community College 450, Chadron State College 315, Sheridan College 200, Central Wyoming College 90, Lamar Community College 80, Northeastern Junior College 70, Otero Junior College 65.

Bareback Bronc Riding: Kyle Bloomquist, CSC, 153 points Jake Kesl, GC, 140 Chase Rose, UW, 75 Rickey Williams, CWC, 74 Donny Proffit, UW, 65.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Houston Brown, UW, 155 points K’s Thomson, CC, 147 Ian McGivney, LCCC, 146 Garrett Uptain, CSC, 142 Tyler Beebe, OJC, 131.

Bull Riding: Coby Johnson, SC, 144 points Miles Englebert, CSC, 77 K’s Thomson, 75 Donny Proffit, UW, 72.

Steer Wrestling: Seth Peterson, UW, 7.6 seconds Cole Retchless, CSC, 8.2 Bernard Girard, LCCC, 8.6 Austin Hurlburt, UW, 8.7 Tate Petrak, CSC, 9.0.

Tie-Down Roping: Bernard Girard, LCCC, 20.7 seconds Jon Peterson, GC, 20.9 Grant Turek, GC, 21.5 Chadron Walters, NJC, 21.7 Matthew Fischer, LCC, 21.9.

Team Roping: Jon Peterson/Trae Smith, GC, 11.9 seconds Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson, CC, 12.4 Faith Tarter/Tymber Taylor, SC, 17.9 Justene Hirsig/Garrett Nunn, UW, 18.4 Jase Staudt, UW/Bryan Lemmon, CC, 7.4 (on one).


Team: University of Wyoming 445 points, Sheridan College 360, Gillette College 325, Casper College 265, Chadron State College 105, Eastern Wyoming College 55, Northeastern Junior College 30, Colorado State University 5.

Barrel Racing: Sydney Maher, GC, 35.77 seconds Makenna Balkenbush, CC, 35.80 Jenna Hoffman, CC, 36.02 Rachael Calvo, UW, 36.11 Riley Addington, GC, 36.13.

Breakaway Roping: Tymber Taylor, SC, 5.6 seconds Talli Pokorny, GC, 5.9 Fallon Goemmer, NJC, 6.3 Jaylee Simonson, LCCC, 7.3 Katie Kendrick, LCCC, 8.5.

Goat Tying: Jacey Thompson, UW, 15.6 seconds Faith Hoffman, UW, 16.1 Taylour Latham, UW, 16.1 Quincy Segelke, CSC, 16.9 Karissa Rayhill, EWC, 17.5 Mikenzy Miller, UW, 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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