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Women's rodeo team wins in Missoula

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The University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s rodeo team scored 465 points and won the Big Sky Region spring rodeo held at the University of Montana in Missoula on May 4-6.

By Lowell Peterson

The University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s rodeo team scored 465 points and won the Big Sky Region spring rodeo held at the University of Montana in Missoula on May 4-6.

The Bulldog women entered the rodeo in fourth place in the Big Sky Region standings and had to have a great finish to move into second place and advance to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). In spite of the big win the women fell just short and finished in third place behind Montana State University and Northwest College in the region standings.

Five of the top nine breakaway ropers were from Montana Western. Cassie Woosley finished third, Haily Hamlin finished fourth and Justinn Marshall was fifth. Morgin Sheppard split the seventh and eighth spots and Megan Crist finished ninth. Woolsey earned 225 points for the team and moved into third in the Big Sky Region breakaway standings and advanced as a bye to the CNFR. Woolsey also teamed up with Jake Newton from Dawson Community College to place third in team roping.

Kylene Reynolds finished in second place in barrel racing and Hannah Sharon ended up eighth. Reynolds earned 140 points for the team and moved into third place overall to advance as a bye to the CNFR.
In the goat tying event, Justinn Marshall finished in second place, Crist took fifth and Sammy Naveran placed seventh. Crist held on to second in the goat tying standings to advance as a bye to the CNFR.

The Montana Western men scored 475 points and finished in third place. The men entered the rodeo in second place in the Big Sky Region standings and held on to second place and a berth in the CNFR.

Kody Lahaye came from fifth to win the long round and the average in tie down roping and was presented a trophy buckle for his efforts. Colt Gardner was fourth and needed 38 points to move into third place in the region standings. Gardner placed fourth in the average, fourth in the long round and third in the short round, earning 70 points. Casey Waldhauser finished in eighth place. Lahaye finished second and Gardner finished third in the Big Sky Region standings, and both advanced to the CNFR.

Tanner Denton placed third in saddle bronc riding. Tucker Zingg placed third in the bareback riding and held on to second in the all-around and will compete in the team roping and bareback riding events at the CNFR.

“The team roping was a nail-biting event for the Montana Western men,” head coach Olie Else said, referring to the battle to maintain the top spots in the region standings.

Bridger Chambers and team roping partner Chase Briggs roped their steer in 6.6 seconds and Montana State’s Kevin Peterson and Orry Fruit put the pressure on by winning the round with 6.2 seconds. Chambers and Briggs ended up in sixth place. Tyler Wines and roping partner Tuck Zingg finished 10th, but when the dust had settled Chambers and Briggs ended up second and Wines and Zingg held on to third place in the Big Sky Region standings.

Luke Gee of Dawson Community College was the men’s all-round winner with 210 points and Nikki Barta of the University of Great Falls was the women’s all-round winner with 265 points.

Women's team points for the rodeo were: University of Montana Western (465), Miles Community College (425), University of Great Falls (365), Montana State University (240), Northwest College (125), and Dawson Community College (5).

Men's team points for the rodeo were: Dawson Community College (560), Montana State University (500), University of Montana Western (475), Miles Community College (430), University of Montana (245), Northwest College (240), and MSU-Northern (160).

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