Five EWC athletes qualify for CNFR

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 • 8:22 am

CNFR qualifiers 2016

EWC CNFR Qualifiers (left to right) Cody Lane, Riley Curuchet, Denton Shaw, Tyus Olson and AJ Freeman.

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that five members of the Lancer rodeo team will be competing at the College National Finals to be held in Casper, Wyoming, June 11-18.

The freshman team roping team of Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY and partner Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY won the Rookie of the Year title and finished the season in second place in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings.

AJ Freeman, sophomore, Dunning, NE, was the reserve champion steer wrestler for the region.  Sophomore Cody Lane, Torrington, WY qualified in the tie down roping and freshman Tyus Olson, Mud Butte, SD, qualified in the team roping.

The EWC men’s team finished the year in fourth place behind Chadron State College, Casper College and Gillette College.

“We are excited about our CNFR qualifiers.  They are a talented group who worked very hard this year and it payed off,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “This will be a great team at the CNFR and we are looking forward to an exciting week at the Casper Events Center in June.”

The University of Wyoming rodeo was the final rodeo of the season for the Lancers.  Several student athletes performed well at the rodeo.

In the team roping, Lane partner Olson won the rodeo with a time of 12.2 seconds on two steers.  Torrington native Logan Milligan and partner Brady McCurry, Otero, were second in the average with a time of 12.5 seconds.  Cody Colman, sophomore, O’Neill, NE also qualified for the short round.

Danny Manning, sophomore, Hemingford, NE, was third in the average of the steer wrestling with a total time of 9.7 seconds on two steers.  Teammate AJ Freeman was fourth with a 9.9 on two.

In the goat tying, freshman Jamie Thompson, Lusk, WY, placed in the first round and finished sixth in the average.  Ballie Mutchler, freshman, Whitewood, SD also qualified for the short round.

“I am very proud of the whole team and how they finished strong.  We have some great returning students on both the men’s and women’s teams for next year,” added Clark.

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