TORRINGTON – Freshman Karissa Rayhill continues her quest for a College National Finals Rodeo qualification with a top finish in the goat tying at the Gillette College Rodeo.
The Martin, S.D. native finished second in the first round with a time of 6.9 seconds, first in the short round and first in the average with a total time of 13.7 seconds. This win has placed Rayhill at the top of the goat tying in Central Rocky Mountain regional standings where she has accumulated 507 points.
Teammate Libby Winchell, freshman, Scottsbluff, Neb. split sixth in the first round, was fourth in the short round to finish fifth in the average of the goat tying. Freshman Jacey Thompson, Yoder, also qualified for the short round. Thompson is sitting fourth in the regional standings and Winchell is 12th.
Thompson also qualified for the short round in the barrel racing by placing sixth in the first round.
Sophomore Tanielle Arneson, Enning, S.D., qualified for the short round of the team roping with partner Rhett Fanning from Gillette College.
The Lady Lancers finished the Gillette Rodeo in third place in the team standings with 243.3 points.
Sophomore Wyatt Schuelke, Faith, S.D., won third in the average of the steer wrestling. He was fourth in the first round and second in the short round with a total time of 11.1 seconds on two. Schuelke is sitting third in the regional standings of the steer wrestling.
Canton Afdahl, sophomore, Torrington, split fourth in the first round of the tie down roping, sixth in the short round and sixth in the average.
“Our women’s team continues to have strong rodeos and I feel like we are just getting more confident each week,” said coach Jake Clark.
The Lancers will host their hometown rodeo in Torrington, on March 23-25. The Lancers partner with KGOS/KERM for the second annual Trade Show held in the Rendezvous Center during the rodeo.
The Lady Lancer rodeo team finished in second place in the team standings at the rodeo hosted by Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne on March 2-4. The Lancers accumulated 270 points with the University of Wyoming Women's team winning first with a total of 365 points.
Leading the Lancers was Rayhill. She finished second in the first round of the goat tying, split third in the short round and finished in second place in the average with a total time of 13.6 seconds.
Thompson was close behind and finished in third place in the average with a total time of 14.0. She was third in the first round and split third in the short round with Rayhill. Winchell capped it off for the ladies by splitting fifth place in the average with a total time of 1.4 seconds.
Rayhill also qualified for the short round in the breakaway.
Schuelke won the first round of the saddle bronc riding with a score of 76.
In the team roping, the sophomore team of Levi Walter, Wray, Colo. and partner Tyus Olson, Mud Butte, S.D., were third in the first round, third in the short round and finished the weekend second in the average. Sophomore Colton Reed, Wiley, Colo. and partner Casey Sellers, UW, were fourth in the first round. Braden Pirrung, Hartford, S.D. and Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, also qualified for the short round.