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UW Men Third, Cowgirls Sixth at Opening Rodeo

September 19, 2016

A trio of roughstock event participants helped boost the University of Wyoming men’s team to a third-place finish at the opening fall Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) rodeo last weekend at Chadron State College (CSC).

Bareback rider Jaden Clark and bull riders Jess Davison and Jacob Smith combined to score all of the Cowboys’ 260 team points in the two events. The host CSC men’s team took its home rodeo with a solid opening win with 530 points, edging second-place Sheridan College by just 20 points. CSC is the defending CRMR champion.

Laramie County Community College scored 235 points for fourth place, and perennial regional power Gillette College rounded out the top five with 180 points.

Clark, the lone senior among the selected six-man UW team, put together two solid rounds to finish second in the average, just finishing off the pace of Sheridan College’s Hunter Carlson. Clark, of Wellfleet, Neb., opened with 76 points on his first ride and marked with 66 points in the short go to finish just two points behind Carlson.

UW put two bull riders into the short go, but none of the five qualifiers marked in the final round. Instead, each rider’s first-round score accounted for his point totals in the average.

Davison, a junior from Miles City, Mont., split third place in the overall average after scoring 73 points in his opening ride. Defending CRMR bull riding champion Smith, a LaSalle, Colo., junior, opened with a 48-point ride, giving him fifth in the average.

UW’s women’s team, which finished second a year ago in the regional standings, got off to a slow start in the fall’s opening rodeo. The Cowgirls placed sixth with just 76.67 points.

The Casper College women took the season’s first rodeo team title with 245 points, while Sheridan College’s women matched their male counterparts’ showing, placing second with 205 points.

Third place went to the host CSC women with 196.7 points, Northeastern Junior College (Sterling, Colo.) placed fourth with 150 points, and defending CRMR champion Gillette College had 111.7 points for fifth place.

Amelia Anderson had the highest placing among the Cowgirls’ four-member team. The Forsyth, Mont., senior placed fifth in goat tying, scoring 56.67 points. She split sixth place with four other competitors in the opening round and then split third place in the short go.

The only other Cowgirl to place was Isabel, S.D., junior Kailee Webb, who placed sixth in the barrel racing average. The defending CRMR champion was not among the top six barrel racers in the opening round, but she managed to place sixth in the short go to gain points in the overall average.

Sheridan College hosts this weekend’s CRMR rodeo.

For individual and team results from the CSC rodeo, go here.


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