Novak wins 2 events, earns 2nd in all-around

Junior roper Prestyn Novak, of Newell, South Dakota, won tie-down roping and steer wrestling at the Colorado State University rodeo in Fort Collins last weekend. Novak was also the runner-up in the all-around cowboy standings with 270 points, only 25 points behind Gillette College, Wyoming, Cowboy Riley James Wakefield sophomore of O’Neill.
“It always feels good to win,” Novak said. “I’m just glad I drew good and made use of the cattle drawn.”
In the first go-round of tie-down roping, Novak won the event with a time of 9.9 seconds and went on to take third in the championship go-round Sunday with a time of 10.3. In steer wrestling, Novak took sixth in the first go-round with a time of 8.2 and third in the finals with 7.7, combining for a 15.9, which was the fastest time of the rodeo.
The men’s team finished third overall with 390 total points, following Sheridan College in second with 420 total points and Gillette College in first with 759 total points. The women’s team struggled and did not place in the top nine.
Only one CSC cowgirl placed in an event. Jessica Applegarth, finished eighth in goat tying with a combined time of 15.5. Jordan Tierney, junior of Oral, South Dakota, just missed placing in barrel racing with a pair of 15.39 runs.
Other CSC cowboy performances included Cody Trump, junior of Custer, Wyoming, who finished fifth in bronc riding, Lane Day, grad student of Bartlett, who finished seventh in steer wrestling; Kellen Washut, senior of Casper, Wyoming, who finished sixth in bareback riding; and Ethan Lesiak, junior of Columbus, who finished fourth in bull riding.
Currently the CSC men are standing third in the Central Rocky Mountain Region with 2,723.33 points. Second standing Gillette College with 3,225 points right behind the top team, Sheridan College with 3,770 points. The CSC women are standing fifth in the region with 1,016.66 points while Gillette College holds first in the region with 2,663.66.
The next rodeo is April 21-23 at Casper College, Casper, Wyoming.
The last rodeo of the season is April 27-29 at University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. These are the only two rodeos left before College National Finals Rodeo, June 11-17, in Casper, Wyoming. The CNFR has more 400 cowboys and cowgirls compete at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association each year.
The top three students in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the NIRA’s 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR.
“The college finals is the main goal every year in college rodeo,” Novak said. “I’d be lying if I said I do not think about me or teammates making the college finals. But a person has to take it run by run and see what the end result is.”

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