EWC women’s rodeo team lead regional standings heading into the break

Jacey Thompson

CHEYENNE – Sophomore Jacey Thompson, Yoder, closed the fall season out with a bang at the annual Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo hosted by Laramie County Community College on Oct. 12-14.

She won the goat tying with a total time of 14.2 seconds in two rounds. Thompson also split first and second in the breakaway roping average, capturing the women’s all-around title for the weekend.

The EWC women’s team is led by Thompson and teammate Karissa Rayhill, sophomore, Martin, S.D. As a team, they are leading the Central Rocky Mountain Regional (CRMR) standings with a total of 1,348.33 points. The University of Wyoming’s women’s team is in second place with 1,285 points. 

Rayhill also closed out the season with a great rodeo at LCCC, winning the first round of the goat tying with a time of 6.9 seconds and finished the weekend in third place in the average. She placed fourth in the average of the breakaway roping with a total time of 5.7 seconds in two rounds.

In the CRMR goat tying standings, Rayhill is in second place and Thompson is in third place. Thompson is also in third place in the regional breakaway standings.

In the team roping, freshman Jace Roselle, Greeley, Colo., was second in the short round and second in the average with partner Blaine Flack, Chadron State College. Colton Reed, sophomore, Wiley, Colo., tied for the win of the first round with a time of 5.5 seconds with partner Jon Peterson of Gillette College. The duo finished in fourth place in the average. The sophomore team of Ty Truchan, Killdeer, N.D. and Riley Ruland, Wall, S.D. won fifth in the first round.

Freshman Kurtis Palmer, Madison, Neb., qualified for the short round in the tie down roping and teammate Chadron Coffield, Yuma, Colo., won sixth in the first round of the steer wrestling. Coffield is leading the regional standings in the tie down roping with 475 points.

In the team roping regional standings, sophomore Braden Pirrung, Hartford, S.D. is in sixth place in the heading standings, while teammate Canton Afdahl, Torrington, is in eighth place. In the heeling standings, Reed is in seventh place and sophomore Dalton Wieneke, West Point, Neb., is in eighth place.

“It is great to be leading the women’s team standings at the midpoint in a tough region,” said EWC coach Jake Clark said. “They are a very dedicated group and I am very proud of them. We have a young men’s team that is doing well, and I expect to see them finish strong.”

The Lancers spring rodeo season will begin in March 15-17, 2019 in Gillette.

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