LARAMIE – For the second year in a row, the Eastern Wyoming College women’s rodeo team has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo, finishing the season as reserve champions in the Central Rocky Mountain Region after wrapping up the regular season last weekend in Laramie.
“Very proud of our women’s team to qualify two years in a row in this tough region,” EWC coach Jake Clark said. “This is a great accomplishment. All of our qualifiers should be very competitive at nationals.”
The University of Wyoming won the region with 3,030 points, while EWC was second with 2,594.83.
Karissa Rayhill, sophomore, Martin, S.D., won the average in the goat tying with times of 6.4 and 6.9 seconds. Sophomore Jacey Thompson, Yoder, finished third in the average.
Freshman Kurtis Palmer, Madison, Neb., won the team roping average with partner Brady Joseph from Chadron State College. Colton Reed, sophomore, Wiley, Colo., qualified for the short round.
Torrington sophomore Garrett Murphy was fourth in the first round of the tie down roping.
Thompson qualified in the breakaway roping and goat tying, finishing the season as the Reserve All-Around Champion, while Rayhill qualified in the breakaway roping and goat tying as well.
The 2019 CNFR is the second qualification for Rayhill and Thompson.
Rounding out the women’s team is sophomore Brooke Glass, Sidney, Neb., who will compete in the breakaway roping for the first time at the season-ending event.
Freshman Chadron Coffield, Yuma, Colo., wrapped up the tie-down roping title after leading the region most of the season.
The CNFR will be held in Casper, June 9-15 as the Events Center.