Rice ties for 1st in bull riding at Casper rodeo

The CSC Eagle rodeo team traveled to Casper, Wyoming, last weekend to take 10th and 7th in the men’s and women’s divisions respectively.
One CSC cowboy earned a first-place ranking. Dakota Rice, senior of Kellogg, Idaho, shared first place in bull riding with Jacob Smith, junior of LaSalle, Colorado, from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, with both cowboys scoring 80 points.
“I feel pretty good after finishing in a tie for first this last weekend in Casper,” Rice said. “Staying focused and confident has really helped me coming down the home stretch of our season. I’m really looking forward to this coming rodeo.
“Last year I didn’t have to ride at Laramie to qualify for the College National Finals, but this year I do, I think that adds another dynamic to the equation because I can’t afford to make mistakes or hold back. It’s going to be interesting how everything turns out, as far as the standings, but I’m just going to do my best and leave the results up to God.”
CSC cowboy Lane Day, graduate student of Bartlett, earned third all-around with 95 points, ninth in tie down roping with a final time of 27.1 seconds, and a third place tie in team roping with a time of 7.7 as the heeler with team roping header Lathan Lauing, sophomore of Oral, South Dakota.
“I’m feeling pretty excited, I look forward to some good results,” Day said.
Another CSC cowboy, Tate Petrak, freshman of Martin, South Dakota, placed eighth in steer wrestling with a time of 11.7.
CSC cowgirls Brandi Cwach, junior of Gedddes, South Dakota, and Dylan Lemmon, 18, freshman of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, finished in the top eight of their events. Cwach earned fifth in goat tying with a time of 24.7 and Lemmon tied for seventh in breakaway roping with a time of 3.1.
The men’s team is currently ranked third in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Central Rocky Mountain Region standings and the women are ranked fifth, according to the NIRA website.
“The top two teams automatically qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo,” Head Rodeo Coach Dustin Luper. “So we were trying to solidify one of those positions. We have some young men and ladies that still have a legitimate chance for qualifying for the CNFR. They are working hard and I suppose at the end we will all have smiles on our faces.”
Today through Sunday, at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, will be the last chance for the competitors to solidify a spot in the CNFR.
The CNFR is scheduled from June 2 through June 17 at the Casper Events Center, Casper, Wyoming. Tickets for the different performances and events are available at the CNFR website.

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