This weekend, five CSC athletes placed in the Chadron State College Rodeo at the Dawes County Fairgrounds in Chadron.
Three CSC cowboys placed in the bareback riding event. Kyle Bloomquist, sophomore of Raymond, Minnesota, finished in first place with a score of 150. Rowdy Moon, senior of Sargent, finished with a score of 141 and Justin Kissack, junior of Gillette, Wyoming, scored 133.
Moon and Kissack placed fourth and sixth respectively.
“The first thing that runs through my head is a good solid mark-out,” Bloomquist said. “If you don’t do that you’re disqualified right away. I just really focus on getting a good hold of my feet, really building my ride and making sure I really finish strong. Even if I get a little bit tired, there’s just that extra mile to go. It’s really nice to start out on top and hopefully we can keep doing that.”
Two CSC cowgirls took second in their events. Hanna Hostutler, senior of Philip, South Dakota, took second in breakaway roping with a score of 105, and Kaycee Monnens, junior of Hulett, Wyoming, scored 145 points in goat tying.
As of Sunday, both of the CSC teams sit in fourth place in the overall team standings. The men’s team earned 315 points and the women’s team earned 145 points.
The University of Wyoming, Laramie, took first in both team standings. The Wyoming cowgirls came away from the weekend with a total of 420 points and four event wins.
“I thought we performed pretty well…. I feel like over the course of these next nine rodeos we’ll get it put back together. We’ll dang sure make some changes this week and try to work on those and hopefully next week at Sheridan College will be a lot better for us,” Head Rodeo Coach Dustin Luper said. “I try to teach these kids that it doesn’t matter the size or shape you are, just be a grizzly bear.”
The Chadron State College Rodeo was the first rodeo of the season for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Central Rocky Mountain Region. Next weekend the CSC rodeo team will travel to the Sheridan College Rodeo in Sheridan, Wyoming.