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UW Men Second, Women Sixth at CSU Rodeo

April 10, 2018

The University of Wyoming men’s rodeo team put together its strongest performance of the season in taking second place at the Colorado State University (CSU) rodeo in Fort Collins last weekend.

The Pokes tallied 540 points to finish as the runners-up to Sheridan College, which scored a whopping 705 points to reclaim the overall Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) lead. The Cowboys are sixth in the current standings with just two remaining rodeos left on the spring docket.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, the Cowgirls lost ground for the second straight rodeo in the chase for the elusive No. 2 spot in the CRMR standings. Just the top two schools send full six-man and four-woman teams to the year-end College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.

The UW women were sixth at CSU last weekend and are still within striking distance of second place in the regional standings, trailing second-place Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) by just 52 points with two remaining rodeos.

The Cowboys got production from a handful of different team members at CSU.

Bulldogger JC Flake, from Mesa, Ariz., had two consistent rounds with a pair of top two times to place second in steer wrestling to rack up 150 team points. Teammate Brock Wahlert, from Casper, added additional points to the team’s output by taking the No. 5 position in the same event.

Tie down roper Seth Peterson, from Minot, N.D., had his best performance of the season when he roped a pair of calves in splitting the runner-up position. His effort was boosted when he won the short go.

The Pokes racked up a good chunk of their points in team roping, with three team members getting in on the action.

Flake and roping partner Jon Peterson, from Gillette College, roped their way to third in the average. One place back was Peterson and teammate Jhett Hadley, from Wheatland. Even though Casey Sellers, from Buffalo, and partner Colton Reed, from EWC, didn’t place in the average, the UW roper managed to add points to the team’s total by advancing to the short go.

Wahlert remained steady in the bareback riding competition when he successfully rode two broncs to the buzzer in splitting fifth place in the average with 144 total points.

For the season, Sheridan College leads the CRMR with 3,240 points, while Laramie County Community College (LCCC) climbed to second place with 2,885. Casper College, which was first just two weeks ago, slipped to third place with 2,820 points. The Cowboys moved up one position to sixth with 2,345.

The Gillette College women are the runaway CRMR leaders, heading the pack with 3,055 points. The race for second place remains tight between EWC with 1,650.33 points and UW with 1,598.33.

The LCCC women won their first rodeo of the season, scoring 250 points in Fort Collins last weekend. Regional leader Gillette College was second with 245 points, and Casper College was third with 215. The Cowgirls managed just 120 points for sixth.

The Cowgirls scored in just one event when senior Casey Reimler, from Rozet, split breakaway roping first place with Cowgirl teammate Nicole Sederstrom, from Goodland, Kan. However, Sederstrom’s points did not count in the team’s overall point standings; she was not among the selected four-member team.

CRMR teams have the weekend off, with the next action scheduled April 20-22 at the annual Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days, hosted by Casper College. The season ends the following weekend with UW’s own home rodeo, the Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo.


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