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UW Cowboys Move Into Second Place in Regional Rodeo Standings

September 29, 2014

After a mediocre performance the previous week, the University of Wyoming men’s team came roaring back with the type of consistency across the lineup UW Coach George Howard has been seeking this season.

All six members of the team scored at least 70 points as the Pokes recorded a season-best 585 points to finish second at last weekend’s Sheridan College rodeo. The solid effort moved the Cowboys to second place overall in the regional standings.

The second-place point total could have been better except for some unfortunate timing in the second round, Howard says.

“We scored 585 points this weekend, and that was with our bareback rider missing the horse out, our saddle bronc rider bucking off, and the good team ropers missing their steer -- all in the short round,” Howard adds.

Perennial Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) champion Gillette College placed first in the weekend rodeo, finishing just 70 points ahead of the UW men. Both teams are now locked in a battle for the overall lead in the CRMR after three performances.

The Pronghorns own the top positon with 1,300 points, but the Cowboys are in contention, just 75 points back with two more rodeos left on the fall schedule. Chadron State College is third in the regional standings with 1,035 points and last year’s CRMR runner-up, Casper College, sits fourth with 990 points.

Northeastern Junior College was third place at Sheridan with 390 points and Chadron State College took fourth with 265 points.

Tylor Bond, from Avondale, Colo., led the way for the Pokes, winning the steer wrestling competition. The senior split third in the opening round, but came back strong in the short go with the best time of 3.9 seconds. His two-run time was good enough to take the average.

Teammate Jack Greer of Gillette was the bulldogging runner-up, placing second in the short go behind Bond to finish second in the average with a two-run time of 9.8 seconds.

UW made it a clean sweep for the top three finishers in steer wrestling when junior Dillon Simonson, of Purdum, Neb., split third in the short go to finish third in the average. In all, the three UW bulldoggers accounted for 335 team points.

Transfer Brady Dinwoodie, a senior from Canada, scored an additional 100 points for the Pokes in saddle bronc riding. No rider managed to mark in the short go, and Dinwoodie’s opening ride of 65 points held up for second in the average.

The only returning Cowboy on the six-man UW roster, Fort Lupton, Colo., senior Britt Ellerman, placed for the first time since the season’s opening rodeo. He and team roping partner Trey Yates of Eastern Wyoming College had the second fastest run in the long go, but failed to catch their steer in the short go. However, their opening round time held up for fourth place points in the average.

The final 70 team points came from Wellfleet, Neb., bareback rider Jaden Clark. The sophomore won the opening round with a 76-point ride, but he couldn’t match that score in the short go when he marked out on his horse coming out of the chute. His first-ride total accounted for sixth place in the average.

The UW women had another rough weekend, scoring just 10 team points at the Sheridan College rodeo.

Freshman Kylie Kvamme from Carrington, N.D., scored the lone points for the Cowgirls when she split third-place points in the breakaway roping long go. She did not get in a qualified time in the short go and finished out of the average.

The host Lady Generals won their home rodeo with 325 points to top rival Gillette College by just 15 points. Third place went to NJC with 210 points.

The Lady Pronghorns lead the CRMR pack with 1,080 points, while NJC is just 85 points back. Sheridan College is third with 630 points. The Cowgirls have scored just 85 points after three weeks of competition and are 10th overall in the regional team standings.

The next CRMR event is this weekend at the Lamar Community College rodeo.

For complete individual and team results from the Sheridan College rodeo, click here.

To view overall CRMR results, click here.

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