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UW Rodeo Teams Rebound to Place Second in Sheridan

September 26, 2017

Both University of Wyoming rodeo teams bounced back from tough opening-week performances by taking runner-up positions at the latest Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) rodeo in Sheridan.

Both clubs accomplished the turnaround with outstanding individual performances.

The men’s team won two events, helping the Pokes score a season-best 520 points, which was just 60 behind the front-running host Generals. More important, the overall second-place finish boosted the UW men in the CRMR standings, giving the Cowboys 685 points through two of the season’s five fall events. UW has moved up to fifth place.

The defending regional champion Sheridan men lead the overall standings with 945 points, while surprising Laramie County Community College has scored 870 points. Perennial front-runner Gillette College has 850 for third place.

UW bull rider Jacob Smith returned to his winning form from two seasons ago, when he captured the Sheridan College title.

A year ago, the LaSalle, Colo., senior missed qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after capturing the CRMR title and competing in the year-end CNFR the year before. At Sheridan last weekend, Smith was third in the long go, and then recorded the weekend’s best ride, marking with 81 points in the short go to win the average. He scored 160 points in both rounds and also in the average.

The individual victory boosted him atop the regional standings with Chadron State College’s Chasen Cole and K’s Thompson, of Sheridan College.

Also on the strength of his short go time, UW teammate Brock Wahlert broke into the steer wrestling standings with his win at Sheridan College. The senior bulldogger, from Casper, stopped the clock in 4.1 seconds for the weekend’s top time. He also had a 5.5-second time in the opening round, leaving him fourth heading into the finals.

Wahlert’s effort gave the Pokes’ steer wrestler 150 points and moved him into second place in the standings early in the fall season.

A UW newcomer, Gillette College transfer Casey Sellers, from Buffalo, scored his first team points for the Cowboys in tie down roping. The junior roper qualified for the short go, where he had the fourth-best time and added points for placing fifth in the overall average. He wound up scoring 50 points for the Pokes.

The Cowgirls again proved they will be among the top two teams in the region after coming through with a second-place finish last weekend. The Cowgirls are the reigning national runners-up.

The Cowgirls had 310 points as team, placing second to Gillette College, which has won the first two fall rodeos. UW was just 55 points behind the Pronghorns. Gillette College is the runaway CRMR leader with 770 points, while the Cowgirls have tallied 380 points, and Central Wyoming College (CWC) has scored 260.

Just like last season, the Cowgirls’ strength lies with their strong group of competitors in goat tying.

A pair of Wyoming natives -- Casey Reimler, from Rozet, and McKinnon’s Cori Terry -- scored 245 team points by placing first and fourth in the event’s average.

Reimler, a senior and the clear regional leader two weeks into the season, was nearly perfect. She was second in the opening round, won the short go and placed first in the average. She edged former UW teammate Josee Vogel, now competing for CWC, for the top spot. The competitors are running 1-2 in the regional event.

Terry, who was second a year ago as a freshman, moved into the top 10 in the CRMR standings.

Northeastern Junior College (Sterling, Colo.) transfer Nicole Sederstrom, from Goodland, Kan., wrapped up UW’s scoring with 55 points by placing fifth in the breakaway roping average.

Just four women make up a team whose points are officially recorded. The UW women’s program had two other team members place in Sheridan; their points did not count in the overall scores.

Rachael Calvo, from Bassett, Neb., won the barrel racing event at Sheridan College, while teammate Kelsey Lensegrav, of Interior, S.D., split third place in breakaway roping’s average.

The CRMR competition moves on to the Lamar (Colo.) Community College rodeo this weekend.

For results from the Sheridan College rodeo, click here. For overall CRMR standings, go here.

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