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Wyoming men, Gillette College women win team titles at Rustler Roundup rodeo

Wyoming men, Gillette College women win team titles at Rustler Roundup rodeo

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The University of Wyoming men’s rodeo team made it four in a row this past weekend at the Rustler Roundup at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. The Cowboys finished with 815 points to easily win the team title at the Central Rocky Mountain Region rodeo.

Kemmerer native Donny Proffit posted his third win of the season in bareback bronc riding and Garrett Uptain took top honors in saddle bronc riding to lead the Cowboys’ charge. Jaxson Mirabal (steer wrestling, tie-down roping), Brice Patterson (bareback), Austin Hurlburt (steer wrestling), Cameron Jensen (steer wrestling), Chadron Coffield (tie-down) and Rio Nutter (team roping) also had top-five finishes for UW.

Casper College was second with 650 points behind another strong performance in team roping. Last year’s College National Finals Rodeo champs, brothers Kellan and Carson Johnson, took first in the event. The Casper natives, who were competing in their first college rodeo of the season, finished 22nd (Kellan, heading) and 20th (Carson, heeling), respectively, in the recently completed Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association regular season world standings.

Casper College teammates Nevada Berquist and Cody Lansing were second in the event and Bodie Herring (Yoder) teamed with Eastern Wyoming College’s Cort McBride to finish fourth. The T-Birds also got top-five finishes from Carter Sandberg and Quinten Taylor in saddle bronc, Myles Carlson in bareback and Brodie Bates in bull riding.

Other event winners for the weekend were Gillette College’s William Henry in bull riding and Myles Kenzy in tie-down and Laramie County Community College’s Riley Reiss in steer wrestling.

The Gillette College women got first-place finishes from Ellie Bard in barrel racing and Talli Pokorny in breakaway roping to win the team title with 500 points. Northeastern Junior College was second with 255 and Casper College third with 180. NJC’s Wacey Day won the goat tying.

The CRMR fall season concludes this weekend in Colorado at the Lamar Community College Rodeo.

Rustler Roundup


at Riverton


Team: University of Wyoming 815, Casper College 650, Laramie County Community College 310, Gillette College 250, Lamar Community College 180, Central Wyoming College 160, Sheridan College 120, Chadron State College 120, Eastern Wyoming College 65, Otero Junior College 50.

Bareback Bronc Riding: Donny Proffit, UW, 160 points Myles Carlson, CC, 149 Brice Patterson, UW, 138 Creede Guardamondo, OJC, 76.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Garrett Uptain, UW, 152 points Sage Miller, LCCC, 145 Cody Weeks, SC, 141 Carter Sandberg, CC, 137 Quinten Taylor, CC, 133.

Bull Riding: William Henry, GC, 79 points Parker Johnston, CSC, 77 Brodie Bates, CC, 61.

Steer Wrestling: Riley Reiss, LCCC, 7.7 seconds Austin Hurlburt, UW, 7.8 Bernard Girard, LCCC, 8.1 Jaxson Mirabal, UW, 9.3 Cameron Jensen, UW, 9.4.

Tie-Down Roping: Myles Kenzy, GC, 18.3 seconds Ryn Severe, CWC, 18.5 Chadron Coffield, UW, 19.0 Ty Moser, EWC, 19.8 Jaxson Mirabal, UW, 20.1.

Team Roping: Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson, CC, 13.9 seconds Nevada Berquist/Cody Lansing, CC, 15.3 Wyatt Wollert/Kobe Miller, LCC, 15.8 Bodie Herring, CC/Cort McBride, EWC, 17.5 Rhet Whit, LCCC/Rio Nutter, UW, 18.5.


Team: Gillette College 500, Northeastern Junior College 255, Casper College 180, Eastern Wyoming College 175, Laramie County CC 120, Chadron State College 80, Sheridan College 10, Colorado State University 10.

Barrel Racing: Ellie Bard, GC, 35.40 seconds Makenna Balkenbush, UW, 35.62 Hallie Hladky, UW, 35.66 Karissa Rayhill, EWC, 35.86 Kady Locke, CC, 35.90.

Breakaway Roping: Talli Pokorny, GC, 4.9 seconds Hailey Hardeman, UW, 6.4 Emily Knust, GC, 7.9 (on one) Payton Feyder, LCCC, 2.5 Tayle Brink, CSC, 2.5.

Goat Tying: Wacey Day, NJC, 14.6 seconds Elli Rettinger CC, 15.4 Kyla Kelly, NJC, 15.5 Karissa Rayhill, EWC, 15.5 Emily Knust, GC, 15.7.


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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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