Men’s rodeo ties for 1st at CWC

Over the weekend CSC wrangled two second-place and three third-place finishes in the first Central Rocky Mountain Region rodeo of the spring 2017 season at Gillette College, Wyoming. The men tied for first place with Central Wyoming College, Riverton, each scoring 385 points, while the women placed fifth with 150 points.
Second placers included Brandi Cwach, junior of Geddes, South Dakota, in goat tying, and Cordale Martin, junior of Panhandle, Texas, in bull riding. Three men placed third: Lane Day, graduate student of Bartlett, in tie down roping; Prestyn Novak, junior of Newell, South Dakota, in team roping; and Miles Englebert, sophomore of Burdock, South Dakota, in bull riding.
“It always feels good to get the first rodeo jitters out of the way,” Day said. “Our team has been working really hard this winter so it is nice to see some positive results at the first rodeo. In the last year, fundamentally I feel I have been able to make some subtle improvements to my technique. Coming up short of some goals last year has fueled me to try even harder this year. My goal is to place each week and to give 110 percent. I feel this will pay off in the long run.
“I feel our men’s team is the team to beat,” Day continued. “We are the defending regional champs so I feel we have earned that right. Our region is full of great competition, but I feel repeating as men’s team regional champs is the goal we strive for. I look forward to seeing our team’s hard work and dedication pay off.”
Day also competes in steer wrestling and team roping.
Coach Dustin Luper said that he feels the team is off to a slow start but “will gain momentum as the season draws near to an end.”
“My team is working hard and making the right adjustments,” Luper said. “Sheridan College is the team to beat on the men’s side and Gillette College is the women’s team to beat.”
Cwach tied her goats in 7.5 and 7.3 seconds, Day roped and tied his calves in 11.3 and 10.4, Martin scored 74 and 79 points on his rides and was one of only two riders who stayed on his bull until the buzzer at eight seconds, and Novak and Hetzel’s team roping times were not available, according to (Con Marshall?).
The team welcomed transfer student Miles Englebert, (grade) of Edgemont, South Dakota, who rode only one bull, but placed third with his 80-point score.
“Adjusting has gone pretty easy with close friends and others on the rodeo team helping,” Englebert said. “I feel like I have a good start to the season with a third place average finish at my first rodeo. There’s always room to improve though. I am looking forward to competing the rest of the season and winning a few rodeos. Currently, I am only competing in bull riding but would like to get back into saddle bronc riding. I am very blessed to be a part of this team and represent Chadron State College.”
Eastern Wyoming College at Torrington, Wyoming, will host the next rodeo this coming weekend.

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