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Rough Week for Both UW Rodeo Teams

March 29, 2017

It was a tough week inside the arena for both University of Wyoming rodeo teams when the Cowgirls and Cowboys missed out in the top positions in the latest Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) competition.

For the region’s second-best team, the Cowgirls, for the first time in seven rodeos, failed to crack triple digits in scoring at last weekend’s Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) rodeo in Torrington. The UW women managed to earn just 85 points in the team standings and placed a season-low fifth overall.

Gillette College continued its assault on winning the region by dominating the EWC rodeo with 465 points, to easily outdistance runner-up Chadron State College, which had 280. Sheridan College placed third with 155 points, and the host Lancers were fourth with 140 points.

The UW women’s team’s rough outing didn’t hurt the Cowgirls’ overall standing in the CRMR standings. The UW women have a tight hold of the runner-up position with 1,603.7 points, while Gillette College is holding a lead of more than 1,000 points with 2,613.7. Chadron State is third with 1,017.

Just the top two clubs in the region advance full four-member women’s teams to this summer’s college finals in Casper.

UW’s struggles were evident when just two team members scored points in the same event.

Freshman Casey Reimler, from Rozet, set the pace early in goat tying, winning the opening round. But, she struggled in the short go, failing to place and falling out of the overall average. Her opening round win netted the team 60 points.

The final 25 points came from teammate Amelia Anderson, a Forsythe, Mont., senior, who split sixth place in the opening round of competition.

The UW men also had a rough weekend in Torrington, scoring just 140 points, struggling in the standings to place eighth -- also their lowest output of the season.

Gillette and Sheridan were the top two teams in the weekend competition with 470 and 425 points, respectively.

A pair of bronc riders paced the UW team at EWC.

Junior Wyatt Hageman, of Jay Em, won the opening round of saddle bronc riding, scoring 68 points, but didn’t mark in the short go. Only two riders marked on two-head, leaving Hageman third in the overall average. He scored 100 of the team’s points.

The final 40 came from Brock Wahlert in saddle bronc riding. The Casper senior placed fourth in the opening round, didn’t mark in the short go, and wound up sixth in the average.

The Pokes remained in fifth place in the overall team standings with 1,990 points through seven rodeos; just three more remain in the spring season. Sheridan College leads the pack with 3,350 points, followed by Gillette College with 2,430; Chadron State has 2,333; and Central Wyoming College is fourth with 2,155.

UW teams have the weekend off, with the next CRMR competition April 7-9 at the Colorado State University rodeo.

For complete individual and team results from the EWC rodeo, click here. For overall regional standings, go here.

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