The University of Wyoming men’s rodeo team was back on top of the standings as the Cowhands clinched their seventh Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) platoon title Sunday at the Colorado State University rodeo. (CSU).
The Cowhands amassed 705 points to defeat last week’s CRMR winner Casper College by just 30 points. Gillette College was third with 425. With the latter palming and with only two rodeos remaining in the regular season, the UW men topped the points mark in eight contests. Runner-up T-Catcalls have points, and third place from Laramie County Community College comes with them. Only the top two clubs in the region automatically qualify their six-man brigades for this summer’s Collegiate National Tryout Rodeo in Casper.
The Cowhands previously again used a balanced scoring attack from their six-man scoring squad at CSU.
Brice Patterson of Bozeman, Mont., continued his hot band by winning the bareback riding competition for the alternate week in a row with a couple of solid lifts. In the first round, he had the alternate style mark and won the short pass to give him the normal. He tallied 240 of the platoon points when he also placed fourth in the regular steer wrestling. He won each each-round, ranking high in two separate events.
The regional leader for each round, Garrett Uptain, of Craig, Colo., won the first round of broncos gorge and was fifth in the sprint to beat him in the regular for every other consecutive week. Austin Hurlburt of Norfolk, Nebraska, placed in both rounds of steer wrestling, posting the fastest fifth and alternate times to give him second place overall. During the alternate consecutive week, Kemmerer’s Donny Proffit was Patterson’s understudy in the bareback drive. He settled for fifth place in the first round and earned the third style mark.
Cameron Jensen of Hyannis, Nebraska, added to the platoon business by placing fifth in the steer wrestling regularity to give points to three bulldogging platoon members. In the standard general classification, he was not in the top six in the first round, but he used the third-fastest time in the short race.
Chadron Coffield of Yuma, Colo., had the third-fastest opening round on tie-downs, but he didn’t rank on average. Three members of the UW platoon without points did well at CSU Greybull, Colton Farrow placed fourth in bareback riding, and his teammate, Drake Amundson of Wheatland, ranked fifth in the same event. Rio Nutter, of Rapid City, S.D., was fourth in tying ropes and finishing third in steer wrestling.
After placing second in the CSU rodeo, the Drovers stayed in line to capture the platoon’s fourth straight CRMR title. UW Women settle for the second position with Eastern Wyoming College with 320 total points. Casper College won the daily rodeo with 395 points. The Drovers opened up a slim lead against Gillette College after eight rodeos for the season. UW has issues with two contests remaining in the regular season, while the Pronghorns have. Casper College is third in points.
Only two of the four members of the UW Women’s Points Squad placed at CSU Of Roosevelt, Utah, Taylor Latham scored 180 points for the Drovers, placing third in two events. She had the fourth-fastest time in both rounds of scapegoating, and she also used a short third-place time on breakaway ropes to put her on regular.
From Kiowa, Colo., Faith Hoffman came in with two solid scapegoat tie rounds. She was runner-up in the first round and was third in the sprint to give her second place in the regular competition. Among Drovers’ scoreless pack, Gillette’s Halle Hladky hit the triad, winning both rounds of barrel racing and the normal; Natalie Leisinger, of Highmore, SD, ranked fifth in scapegoating; and Reata Beck, from Albin, settled for sixth place in scapegoat tying and was the runner-up in lacing break.
Casper College hosts the regular Ropin’and Riggin’ Days rodeo this weekend, and the season ends with the local UW rodeo on April 22-24.