EWC Rodeo Team Stays Strong at NJC Rodeo
April 25, 2007
TORRINGTON, WY - The Eastern Wyoming Rodeo Team had a strong showing at the NJC rodeo this past weekend in Sterling, Colorado. The men's team continues their strong hold on second place in the regional standings with total points of 3,215. The team from Central Wyoming College continues to lead the standings with 4, 105 total points and the University of Wyoming is in third place with 2, 630 points.
For EWC, sophomore Chris Cover, from Ashby, NE and his partner Chad Whalert of the University of Wyoming, worked their way back to number one in the region with a first place finish in the long-go and the average in the team roping.
Ty Kenner of Woodlake, NE finished second in the long-go, fourth in the short-go and third in the average in the bareback riding.
After an amazing rodeo in Casper, Brad Johnson of Reva, SD only finished third in the long-go in the calf roping.
Gary Gilbert of New Underwood, SD had a second place finish in the long-go of the steer wrestling.
"Although we had a rough short round the men's team is steady and still racking up points," Coach Jake Clark said. The men will have to work extra hard to ensure their trip to the CNFR in June.
Two EWC women also had an excellent weekend. Chelsie Schaffer of Walla Walla, WA had an eighth place finish in the long-go, a first place finish in the short go, and fourth in the average in the barrel racing.
"Chelsie had an awesome run on Sunday," Clark said, "she was on the bottom of the ground and her horse worked amazing."
Amanda Bolerjack of Gillette, WY had a good weekend as well, qualifying for the short round in two events, goat tying and breakaway roping. In the goat tying, she was fifth in the long and short-go and ended up 6th in the average. In the breakaway roping, Bolerjack finished ninth in the long-go, first in the short-go and second in the average.
Coach Clark added, "Chelsie and Amanda had a great rodeo; they are both in a position to qualify for nationals if they keep this up." This weekend the Lancers head to Laramie where the men will work to defend their 2nd place hold and the women will work to excel to the College National Finals Rodeo to be held in Casper, Wyoming in June.