Cowboys finish 3rd, Cowgirls 4th at Lamar Rodeo

The CSC cowboys finished with one winner and two other placers at the Lamar Community College rodeo last weekend. The women’s side tallied three cowgirls in the top ten of their respective events.
Gillette College won both the men’s and the women’s team title. The men scored 560 points. CSC finished third with 370. The GC cowgirls earned 405 points, 200 higher than second place. The CSC cowgirls earned fourth with 105.
Kalane Anders, junior of Bayard, won the steer wrestling with a time of 4.3 seconds in the long go and 5.4 in the short go, putting him more than a full second better in the average than the runner up, Ryan Shuckburgh, of Laramie County Community College.
“It felt really good (to win),” Anders said. “ I was really excited to get points and finally get the dogging on a role, but also a little upset with myself because I was off the barrier and that made my time a little longer than what I had planned. But in the end it all worked out very well.”
Two of CSC’s roughstock riders fared well to help out the Cowboys in team standings.
Hank Jackson, graduate student of Lingle, Wyoming, earned second in bull riding, scoring 64 points in the long go, good for fourth, and tying for first in the short go with the University of Wyoming’s Coby Lane, with rides of 69. Lane scored a 68 in the long go to edge out Jackson.
Rowdy Moon, sophomore of Sargent, grabbed a 76-point ride in the first round and a 78 in the short go to finish second in the average with a 154. Sheridan College’s Hunter Carlson won with a 155 in the average.
For the women, Jayde Atkins, sophomore of Broken Bow, earned second in barrel racing, missing out on the top spot by less than two tenths of a second. Atkins recorded a time of 18.16 in the long go and a 17.82 on her second run. Rickie Engesser, of Gillette College, won with times of 18.0 and 17.8.
“I was excited of course but also relieved,” Atkins said. “I knew I’d been putting in the time and effort to be successful and it was good to finally see my practice showing itself in the rodeo arena.”
Hannah Harwager, sophomore of Stapleton, earned third in breakaway roping, with matching times of 2.8 in both runs. Gillette College’s Taylour Latham won the title with a two-run time of 5.0 seconds.
In goat tying, Brianna Williams, freshman of Buffalo, South Dakota, earned sixth in the average with a first-run time of 9.0 and an 8.8 in the second. Latham also won the average in this event, with times of 7.9 and 7.5.
Atkins said that at this point in the season, she is focusing on the mental aspect.
“I’ve been working on a lot of mental aspects now, like knowing my score and thinking my runs before hand,” Atkins said. “With it being in the middle to end of the fall season, mostly I just need to fine tune some things.”
Next up on the schedule for CSC is the Central Wyoming College, in Riverton Friday through Sunday.
Anders said that he is working to calm himself down before a run to allow a better start for him and his horse.
“I am working on trying to slow down my heart rate so that I don’t get my horse excited in the box,” Anders said.
Anders also said that his goal is to win the region again.

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