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Rodeo team stays tough in Great Falls

The University of Montana Western men’s and women’s rodeo teams traveled to Great Falls, Mont. for the University of Great Falls Rodeo on Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4.

The men’s 650 points edged out second-place Montana State University (MSU) by 130 points. The women’s team ended up tied for third with 230 points, just 70 points shy of first-place MSU.

Tanner Denton picked up second place in saddle bronc riding while Douglas Hall took seventh. Luke Gee and Philip Shields continued to dominate in bull riding, taking first and second. Second-place finishers included Chase Redfield in bareback riding and Kody Lahaye in steer wrestling. In tie-down roping, Jade Gardner and Jesse Medearis tied for second while Casey Waldhauser was seventh.

In team roping, Garrett Hanson, Kelsey Hanson and Riley Bailey all tied for first followed by Colby Oliver and Jory Chrest in third.

Justinn Marshall turned in the best time for goat tying while Kelli Saltness took seventh. In breakaway roping, Megan Crist and Samantha Bird tied for fifth.

The men’s team continues to trail MSU in the regional standings 4,600.16 to 5,856 points. In the all-around, Kody Lahaye sits in third (1,213 points) while Philip Shields is in sixth (953 points).

Chase Redfield is in third place in bareback riding (804 points). Jade Gardner moved up into second in tie-down roping with 628 points. Luke Gee leads the pack in bull riding with 761 points followed by Shields with 710. In steer wrestling, Lahaye is third (642 points), Michael Vines is fourth (291.5) and Payson Munns is fifth (285.5). Colton Sargent is the top team roping heeler with 413 points while Riley Bailey is close behind in third with 326 points.

The MSU women took the Big Sky Region lead back with 3,053.5 points followed closely by Montana Western with 3,002.91. Megan Crist leads the women’s all-around with 1,442.33 points.

Haily Hamlin continues to sit atop the breakaway roping standings with 635.5 points followed by Crist with 363 points. Crist leads the goat tying with 955 points while Justinn Marshall is in third with 700.

The Bulldogs will finish their spring schedule on Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 at the University of Montana rodeo in Missoula.
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