EWC Lancer Rodeo Team brings home six championships and team title
April 19, 2007
TORRINGTON, WY - The Eastern Wyoming College Men's Rodeo Team dominated the Casper College rodeo held this past weekend in Casper. The men's team won five event championships and the all-around cowboy award en route to winning the team championship for the weekend.The championship buckles were awarded to EWC for the steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping, bull riding and all-around cowboy.
"The team did exactly what they needed to get closer to a national finals qualification," EWC Rodeo Coach Jake Clark said. "The points earned this weekend put them in a solid second place team position." The top two teams in each region earn a spot at the College National Finals Rodeo.
"I am incredibly proud of these student athletes," Clark continued. "Currently we are winning first in six events. It is great to see these guys in the top of the standings at this point in the season. I know they will keep working hard and do their best to finish well."
Junior Brad Johnson, from Reva, S.D., was a triple winner. He won the all-around cowboy title, the steer wrestling and the team roping. Johnson won the first round of the steer wrestling with a 3.8 second run. He then placed second in the short round and won the average.
"Brad is a hard worker and a good hand," Clark said. "I'm real pleased with Brad's performance. He is an outstanding student athlete. The competition in this region is extremely tough and to win two events in one rodeo is a great accomplishment."
Johnson and team roping partner Jared Bilby, of Bridgeport, Neb., roped smooth to win the championship team roping title. "Jared and Brad just started roping together this spring. They seem to be a great match and have had a lot of success," Clark said.
Sophomore Jayce Johnson, of Hemingford, Neb., won the tie down roping with two solid runs. He placed second in both rounds with a 10.3 and 11.1; quick enough to earn him the championship buckle.
"Jayce continues to lead the tie down regional standings," Clark said. "Jayce is as solid as they get. I look forward to seeing him finish out the season."
Jack Leiseth, of Wall, S.D., won the bull riding title. Leiseth was the only bull rider of the weekend to cover both bulls. He won the first round with 71 points and won the second round with 75 points. "I'm real proud of Jack and his accomplishment," Clark said. "He has been working hard in the practice arena and it paid off with a championship buckle and a jump to fifth place in the regional standings."
In addition to the championship buckles, many other student athletes placed well at the rodeo. Freshman Ty Kenner, of Woodlake, Neb., won the first round of the bareback riding with an 80 point ride. He placed second in the average, just one point away from winning the event. "Ty is an excellent bareback rider," Clark said. "His first round ride was phenomenal."
In the steer wrestling, Johnson's teammates placed well right behind him. Gary Gilbert, of New Underwood, S.D., won the short round with a 3.8 second run and placed second in the average. "Gary came from the bottom of the pack this spring and is now winning the region," Clark said.
Logan McDonald, of Hemingford, Neb., qualified for the short round in the steer wrestling. In the team roping, Joe Dilks, of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Cord Haythorn, of Arthur, Neb., qualified for the short round.
Freshman Wylie Johnson, of North Platte, Neb., qualified for the short round in the saddle bronc riding.
In the tie down roping, Shawn White, of Oelrichs, S.D., won the first round and finished second in the average. Haythorn placed fourth in the first round of the tie down roping. Kyle McLean, of Miles City, Mont., qualified for the short round.
Freshman Spring Moore, of Farson, qualified for the short round in both the breakaway roping and the barrel racing. In the barrel racing, she placed second in the first round and second in the average.
"Spring was only two one-hundredths of a second out of the first place position," Clark said. AShe has been working with her horse really hard and it paid off for her this weekend."
"The Lancer Rodeo Team is very dedicated and extremely eager to finish off the season," Clark concluded.
The EWC Rodeo Team will be in Sterling, Colo. April 20-22 for the Northeastern Junior College Rodeo.