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Ropin' and Riggin' Days

Chadron State College's Kyle Bloomquist holds tight as his horse exits the chute while competing in bareback bronc riding during Ropin' and Riggin' Days on Saturday at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Arena in Casper.

The University of Wyoming rodeo teams took control of the Central Rocky Mountain Region team races over the weekend as both the Cowboys and Cowgirls captured the team titles at Casper College’s Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days at the Central Wyoming Fairground.

For the Cowboys, the victory continued a season-long trend as they finished with 665 points to win their fifth CRMR title of the season and handily defeated runner-up Gillette College (450) and third place Casper College (420). The Cowgirls scored 365 points to hold off the host Thunderbirds, who placed second with 305 points. More importantly for the Cowgirls, they vaulted over Eastern Wyoming College to move to the top of the regional standings with only one rodeo remaining.

The Cowboys did most of their damage in team roping, with three sets of UW ropers finishing in the top 5. Jase Staudt and Dusty Taylor took the top spot with a two-run time of 12.6 seconds, capped by a 5.4-second run to win Sunday’s short go-round. The team of Caden Camp and JC Flake placed second and the team of Gage Greer and Garrett Nunn were fifth. In addition, UW heeler Denton Shaw, roping with Gillette College’s Cooper White, finished in third place.

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Seth Peterson added to the Cowboys’ haul by winning tie-down roping with a two-run time of 21.4 seconds.

Gillette College was second despite not having an individual champs. The Pronghorns did, however, finish second through fifth in saddle bronc riding.

For Casper College, Lane Schuelke maintained his lead in the CRMR saddle bronc standings. Schuelke had a 79-point ride Sunday to give him a two-head total of 154 points.

That was just enough to edge Gillette College’s Carter Elshere, who finished with a 153 after winning Sunday’s short go with an 81.

The final standings in bareback bronc riding were also close as Kyle Bloomquist of Chadron State College finished with 159 points to hold off Casper College’s Cole Reiner (157) and Sheridan College’s Chance Ames (154). Bloomquist won the long go with an 80 and followed that with a 79 Sunday while Reiner captured the short go with an 83 to finish just one point back of Bloomquist in the average.

Lamar Community College’s Nate Hoey won the bull riding with a 78 and Chadron State’s Kalane Anders had a two-run time of 9.6 seconds to win the steer wrestling.

On the women’s side, barrel racers Kelsey Lensegrav and Rachael Calvo and breakaway ropers Teisha Coffield and Justene Hirsig carried the Cowgirls to victory.

Lensegrav won the long go with a 15.03 while Calvo was second in the long go (15.08) and third in the short go (14.95) to finish second in the average with a 30.03. Coffield and Hirsig finished third and fourth, respectively, in the breakaway average.

For the T-Birds, freshman Makayla Seely took the top spot in barrel racing with a two-run time of 29.99 seconds. Seely placed fourth in the long go with a 15.19 before turning in the fastest run of the weekend – 14.80 seconds – to win the average.

Casper College teammate Makenna Balkenbush finished second in goat tying after winning the long go and tying for second in the short go. Northeastern Junior College’s Faith Hoffman won the event with a two-run time of 13.4 seconds to finish just ahead of Balkenbush (13.5) and Gillette College’s Taylour Latham (13.6).

Eastern Wyoming College’s Jacey Thompson won the breakaway with a two-run time of 5.2 seconds. Casper College’s Bailey Miller was second with a 5.4.

The 2018-19 CRMR season concludes this coming weekend with UW’s Laramie River Rendezvous.

Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days

Friday-Sunday

Men

Team: University of Wyoming 665 points, Gillette College 450, Casper College 420, Chadron State College 390, Laramie County Community College 275, Sheridan College 200, Lamar Community College 150, Eastern Wyoming Collee 140, Central Wyoming College 130, Otero Junior College 100.

Bareback Bronc Riding: Kyle Bloomquist, CSC, 159 points Cole Reiner, CC, 157 Chance Ames, SC, 154 Rowdy Moon, CSC, 143 Colton Crawford, LCC, 127.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Lane Schuelke, CC, 154 points Carter Elshere, GC, 153 Jacob Kammerer, GC, 148 Jake Foster, GC, 144 Dylan Schofield, GC, 137.

Bull Riding: Nate Hoey, LCC, 78 points Dylan Grant, SC, 55 Kaleb Fritz, CSC, 43.

Steer Wrestling: Kalane Anders, CSC, 9.6 seconds Nate Weyrich, CWC, 11.3 Rance Johnson, LCCC, 12.5 Chadron Coffield, EWC, 12.5 Talon Mathis, EWC, 14.7.

Tie-Down Roping: Seth Peterson, UW, 21.4 seconds Bernard Girard, LCCC, 22.6 Kaden Lappe, LCCC, 24.1 Brendan Butterfield, EWC, 24.2 Wyatt Tarver, CC, 24.6.

Team Roping: Jase Staudt/Dusty Taylor, UW, 12.6 seconds Caden Camp/JC Flake, UW, 13.3 Cooper White, GC/Denton Shaw, UW, 13.9 Wheaton Williams/Cash Hetzel, CC, 14.2 Gage Greer/Garrett Nunn, UW, 22.7.

Women

Team: University of Wyoming 365 points, Casper College 305, Eastern Wyoming College 195, Gillette College 190, Northeastern Junior College 125, Chadron State College 110, Colorado State University 105, Central Wyoming College 100, Laramie County Community College 60.

Barrel Racing: Makayla Seely, CC, 29.99 seconds Rachael Calvo, UW, 30.03 Lake Mehalic, CSU, 30.13 Karson Bradley, CWC, 30.30 Brooke Howell, GC, 30.45.

Breakaway Roping: Jacey Thompson, EWC, 5.2 seconds Bailey Miller, CC, 5.4 Teisha Coffield, UW, 5.5 Justene Hirsig, UW, 6.3 Aften Peterson, CC, 15.8.

Goat Tying: Faith Hoffman, NJC, 13.4 seconds Makenna Balkenbush, CC, 13.5 Taylour Latham, GC, 13.6 Caydeen Johnson, LCCC, 14.7 Quincy Segelke, CSC, 14.9.

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Sports Editor

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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