The Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo team completed the fall 2011 rodeo season this past weekend at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. The EWC men’s team is in third place in regional standings; only 335 points separate the first through third place teams.
“The top two teams qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo”, Jake Clark, Eastern Wyoming College rodeo coach said. “The men’s team had a great fall and we will keep working hard to earn a spot to the CNFR.”
EWC sophomore Riley Pruitt of Gering, NE won the tie down roping average with a two-head time of 19 seconds. Pruitt, last year’s regional champion finishes the fall in second place in the regional standings.
EWC had four of the ten tie down ropers in the short round. Sophomore Tee Hale, of White Owl, South Dakota, placed fifth in the average. Freshman Derek Weinreis, of Sentinel Butte, North Dakota made the short round and won 6th in the average. Wyatt Clark, of Wellfleet, Neb. split fifth in the first round.
Three EWC teams qualified for the short round in the team roping. The freshman duo of Derek Weinreis and Levi O’Keefe from Mohall, North Dakota continued earning points splitting fifth in the average. Weinreis and O’Keefe, lead the regional standings in the team roping.
Sophomore Colby Sturgeon, of Torrington, placed sixth in the average with partner Will VanHill of Laramie County Community College. Freshman Logan Murphy, of Torrington, and Matt Simpson, of Arthur, Nebraska placed third in the first round.
Lane Hall, a freshman from Winner, South Dakota won second in the first round of the saddle bronc riding and placed sixth in the average. Hall is currently sitting sixth in the regional standings.
In the bull riding, Tyson Donovan and Jordan McAllister qualified for the short round. Donovan, from Faith, S.D., finished third in the average and third in the short round. McAllister, of Gering, Nebraska won second in the first round and finished fourth in the average. Donovan and McAllister are sitting seventh and eighth, respectively, in regional standings.
In the goat tying, sophomore Shelby Winchell, of Scottsbluff, Neb., finished third in the first round with a time of 6.9. Winchell is fifth in the regional goat tying standings.
“Competition is very tough in our region and Shelby is one of the top competitors,” Clark said. “The top ten qualify for the short round, and the spread in goat tying times was from a 6.8 to 7.3 seconds.”
“I look for good things to come from our women’s team this spring,” Clark said. “They are all working very hard and gaining great collegiate level experience.”
The Lancer Rodeo Team will start the spring rodeo season March 16-18 at the Gillette College Rodeo.
The Lancer Rodeo 2012 will be April 5-7 in Torrington.
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