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Published March 29, 2021
The University of Wyoming men’s rodeo team won its third consecutive team title of the spring season, while the Cowgirls rebounded from their low-scoring performance -- from the week before -- to complete a UW sweep at the Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) rodeo in Torrington Saturday.
With just three Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) events left on the spring docket, both UW teams securely lead the pack in the men’s and women’s divisions.
The Cowboys, in fact, widened their overall CRMR lead after the seventh of 10 rodeos this season, with a more than 200-point victory over runner-up Casper College at the EWC competition. UW scored 740 points, while Casper College was second with 530 points. With the latest win, the UW men have 5,128.5 points in the team standings, and second-place Gillette College has 3,702. With just the top two teams in the region securing automatic bids to June’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, the host T-Birds are sitting in third place in the CRMR with 3,128.5 points.
The Cowgirls edged out Chadron State College (CSC) for the team title at the EWC event, scoring 340.3 points, while the Eagles accumulated 325 points. The UW women lead the regional standings with 2,379.59 points, while the CSC squad stayed in the runner-up position with 1,485.84 points, making it a two-team race in the region.
“The UW rodeo program’s success over the past two weekends is a reflection of the commitment, dedication and work ethic of all 54 student-athletes in the program,” UW Coach Beau Clark says. “Our student-athletes are an impressive group of young people who are driven to achieve their goals. Right now, our team is doing a great job in the classroom, supporting each other and winning at the rodeos.”
A trio of team members, who captured their individual events, led the Cowboys at EWC:
-- Jase Staudt, from Nathrop, Colo., won the tie down roping event after taking the short go and the average. He also placed second in team roping with partner JC Flake, of Gillette College, after coming through with the best time in the short go to maintain their overall regional lead. Staudt led the team with 240 points and won the rodeo’s all-around title.
-- Seth Peterson, from Minot, N.D., the regional steer wrestling leader, had two solid rounds to take the average. He added additional points, finishing sixth in the tie down average. He scored 170 points for the weekend.
-- Donny Proffit, from Kemmerer, continued to dominate the bareback riding event, posting the best ride in the opening round, and he had the second-best mark in the short go to take the average. He scored 160 points for the six-member men’s points team.
Garrett Uptain, from Craig, Colo., remained steady for the UW men in saddle bronc riding, placing in both rounds to split second in the average. Uptain, the regional leader in the event, added 140 points to the team total. Adding 25 points by placing sixth in the steer wrestling average was Chadron Coffield, from Yuma, Colo. He added five more points in tie down roping but did not place in the average.
The Cowboys are dominating the CRMR’s all-around competition, with the title going to a competitor who has scored at least 200 points in two or more individual events. Peterson, the regional leader, leads four Cowboys in the top five. Running third through fifth, respectively, are Uptain, Staudt and Coffield.
For the first time this season, a new competitor was added to the women’s four-member points team at the EWC rodeo.
Big Piney’s Karson Bradley proved why she is the region’s top barrel racer. With two solid runs, Bradley placed second in the average to score 140 team points in her first outing as a member of the points team.
Yoder’s Jacey Thompson continued to hold strong to third place in the overall CRMR individual goat tying standings when she split first place with Laramie County Community College’s Caydee Johnson. After splitting fourth in the long go, Thompson came through with the short go round’s best time to lead the Cowgirls with 150 team points.
Kelsey Lensegrav, of Interior, S.D., added the final 53.33 points in barrel racing and breakaway roping, but she did not place in the overall average in either event.
Even though their points did not count toward the team’s output over the weekend, a pair of UW competitors did well at the EWC rodeo. Brandy Schaack, of Hyannis, Neb., the region’s top breakaway roper, won the event. Chase Rose, from Lincoln, Calif., was third in the bareback riding average.
The CRMR is taking a two-week break, with the next event scheduled April 16-18 for the annual Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days Rodeo hosted by Casper College.
“It is a fun group to be around, and I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks of practice before we go to Casper College’s rodeo,” Clark says.