EWC team ropers win CSU Rodeo


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Eastern Wyoming College rodeo team recently competed in Fort Collins, Colo. at the annual rodeo hosted by Colorado State University.

The sophomore team roping team of Braden Pirrung, Hartford, S.D. and Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, won the event with a total time of 12.6 seconds in two rounds.  The team was seventh in the first round, and won the short round with a time of 5.1 seconds.

Also in the team roping, sophomores Bryer Wadhams and Trevor Schnaufer, Pueblo, Colo., were second in the first round and sixth in the short round and finished the weekend sixth in the average. Other EWC athletes qualifying for the short round were Colton Reed, Wiley, Colo.; Dalton Wieneke, West Point, Neb.; and Canton Afdahl, Torrington.

Sophomore Wyatt Schuelke, Faith, S.D., qualified for the short round in the steer wrestling and the saddle bronc riding.

In the tie down roping, sophomore Levi Walter, Wray, Colo. was fifth in the first round.

The EWC women’s team continues to earn points each rodeo. In the goat tying, freshman Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff, Neb., was sixth in the first round and split first in the short round with a time of 6.9 seconds. She was fourth in the average. Teammate Karissa Rayhill, Martin, S.D., was sixth in the average of the goat tying with a total time of 14.6 in two rounds.

Freshman Jacey Thompson, Yoder, was fourth in the short round and sixth in the average of the breakaway roping with a total time of 6.5 seconds on two.

“We had a good rodeo at CSU,” coach Jake Clark said. “The women’s team expanded their lead for second place in the region and some of the men put themselves in a good position for a CNFR qualification. We are looking forward to the final two rodeos.”

In the Central Rocky Mountain Regional (CRMR) standings, Rayhill continues to lead the goat tying with Thompson sitting in third place. Pirrung and Curuchet are sitting in fourth place in the team roping.

The Lancers will compete at the Casper College rodeo April 20-22.

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