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UW Men’s Rodeo Team Slides at CWC Rodeo, Cowgirls Second


September 19, 2011 — With a lineup loaded with ropers, it's going to be hit-or-miss for the University of Wyoming men's rodeo team this season.

A week ago UW ropers dominated the opening rodeo in record-breaking fashion, but at the weekend Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) event hosted by Central Wyoming College (CWC) it was a near complete miss for the Cowboys.

Only sophomore Clayton Van Aken, Descanso, Calif., managed to score any points for the Cowboys. If it weren't for his first-place win in the tie down roping competition, UW would have been shut out. His win in the average gave UW 170 points, placing the Pokes sixth in the team standings.

Gillette College took the team title at Riverton with 600 team points, followed by Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) and defending regional champion Casper College with 410 points each; Chadron State College had 285; and the host Rustlers 275.

Van Aken won the opening round in the tie down competition and had the second fastest time in the second to win the average.

Two other UW Cowboys placed in their respective events, but were not selected for the six-man team whose points count in the team standings. Cameron Trimber, a senior from Aledo, Texas, split the steer wrestling title with Gillette College's Jason Schaffer; and Jackson senior Riley Millward placed third in tie down roping.

Even though the Cowboys struggled, they held on to the overall CRMR lead. UW has 940 team points in the standings -- a 50-point lead over EWC. Casper College is third with 785.

The UW Cowgirls placed second for the second straight week, finishing with 225 points, compared to the CWC women's 315. However, the Lady Rustlers overtook the UW women in the overall standings by five points. Surprising Northeastern Junior College leads the CRMR standings with 565 points; CWC has 525; and the Cowgirls 520.

Lander sophomore Heather Bregar had two steady rounds in the goat tying competition to take the average. She recorded the second fastest time in the opening round and split the runner-up spot in the short go with CWC's Traci Hinman.

Kaycee Nelson, the defending regional breakaway roping champion, had UW's final points, placing sixth in the average. The Buffalo, S.D., sophomore actually won the opening round, but couldn't repeat the performance in the second round.

Salinas, Calif., junior, Lydia Coe, placed fourth in breakaway roping, but her points did not count in the four-person team's standings.

Both UW teams will be at the Sheridan College rodeo this weekend.

For complete results of the Central Wyoming College rodeo, click here.

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