CASPER – Five Eastern Wyoming College Lancer rodeo athletes are competing in the College National Finals Rodeo this week in Casper, with one roping team sitting tenth in the standings.
Logan Milligan and Coley Nicholls sat fifth in the team roping standings after the first two days of action. All of the team ropers competed both Monday and Tuesday, with each pairing’s third run coming during a performance throughout the week.
In the first go, Milligan and Nicholls clocked a time of 21.6 seconds. They followed that up with a time of 6.8 seconds on Tuesday. They had the 12th best time in the second round. They were the only Lancers to compete in the Tuesday night performance, turning in a no-time to finish the first three rounds with a time of 28.4 seconds on two head.
EWC’s Braden Pirrung and Gillette’s J.D. Kirwan were in good position after Monday, posting a time of 6.5 seconds in the first round. They had the fourth-fastest time Monday. Their luck ran out Tuesday, recording a no time. During Wednesday night’s performance, Pirrung and Kirwan were unable to put down a time. They currently sit 14th with 22 teams left to go between Thursday and Friday.
Trevor Schnaufer and Bryer Wadhams put down a time of 20 seconds in the first round. They were one of 25 teams to record a time Monday. On Tuesday, the Lancer pairing suffered a no time.
Twenty team roping teams have completed all three rounds after Tuesday, with 22 pairings left to rope their third round. The top-12 team roping teams are invited to the short round Saturday.
Also representing the area, Lingle-Fort Laramie graduate Wyatt Hageman is competing in the saddle bronc event in Casper. The current Cowboy was unable to score Monday, but tied for sixth in the second round Tuesday, scoring a 71. During his third run Wednesday, he scored a 69.5, which was fifth in the standings for the round with 20 saddle bronc riders to go.
With all three scores tabulated, Hageman sits tied for fourth in the overall standings after Wednesday.