Nine Lancers compete in EWC rodeo finals


TORRINGTON – Nine Lancers reached championship Sunday at the EWC Lancer rodeo at the Goshen County Fairgrounds after their runs on Friday and Saturday.
The team roping duo of Cody and Chance Lane had the best finish for the Landers, tying for first place in the average, clocking 14.7 seconds on two. They had the sixth-best time in the go round (8.2 seconds), earning them a spot in the finals, where they posted a 6.5, the fastest run on Sunday.
In the same event, Denton Shaw and Riley Curuchet recorded the fastest time in the long round, 7.3 seconds, earning them the top spot heading into the championship round. They were unable to snag their second steer, resulting in a no time. They still took sixth in the average, as five teams recorded a no time in the short go.
Levi Walter, whose partner, Cole Retchless, is from Chadron State, clocked an 8.4 in the long round to get into the short round with the seventh-best time. They finished third in the average after getting their steer in 6.7 seconds in the short round.
Outside of Cody and Chance, Tanielle Arneson had the best performance in the average in breakaway roping. She clocked a 2.9 in the long go, which was fifth-fastest. In the short go, Arneson recorded a 2.8 to finish one-tenth of a second out of first in the average. Also in breakaway roping, Harlee McKenney snuck into the short round with the 12th-fastest time in the long round (3.4 seconds). In the finals, McKenney was unable to record a time.
In steer wrestling, Danny Manning reached the short go after clocking 5.4 seconds in the long round. His time put him in the eighth spot heading into the finals. Manning posted the third-best time (5.9 seconds) in the short go, earning him third place in the average.
Baillie Mutchler was the final Lancer to reach the finals. She had the ninth-best time in the long go of barrel racing (15.87 seconds). She clocked a 15.84 in the finals for the sixth fastest time. In the average, Mutchler finished sixth.
Several other Lancers competed in the rodeo, but were unable to reach the finals. Jamie Thompson finished 26th in the long go of breakaway roping with a time of 12.6 seconds. Karlie Robertson, Brittany Eymer, Mutchler and Callie Clingman were all unable to record a time in the long round of breakaway roping.
Thompson and Mutchler both competed in goat tying. Thompson placed 27th with a time of 9.1, while Mutchler clocked a 10.4 to finish 37th.
In the barrel race long round, Eymer finished 36th with a time of 16.81 and Robertson finished in 23.54 seconds to finish 62nd.
Tyus Olson and partner Brooke Howell from Gillete College took 14th in the long round of team roping with a time of 11.8 seconds. J.J. Skarohlid and his partner, Trent Kelly, from Laramie, recorded a time of 16.7 seconds to finish 20th. Arneson, Isaac Tilstra, Sutton Adams, Wyatt Vick, Canton Afdahl, Wyatt Schuelke, Caden Packer, Braden Pirrung, Garet Ludwig, Kyle Leoffler, Bryer Wahdams, Trevor Schnaufer, Logan Milligan and Coley Nicholls all competed in the team roping but were unable to record a time in the long round.
Outside of Manning, Packer and Schuelke competed in steer wrestling. Packer finished 13th with a time of 7.3 seconds and Schuelke clocked 11 seconds flat to finish 17th.
Milligan and Walter put down the same time (13.2 seconds) in the long round of tie-down roping, tying for 17th in the event. Afdahl finished 22nd in the same event with a time of 14.8 seconds. Schnaufer was not far behind, turning in a time of 15.4 seconds to take 24th. Packer, who finished 33rd, Skarohlid, who took 34th, and Olson, who finished 36th, were the only other EWC athletes to record a time in the event. Lane, Cole Brunkhardt, Keith Hodson, Wadhams, Adams and Vick all ran in the tie-down roping, but could not record a time.
Schuelke was the only Lancer to compete in rough stock events. He was bucked off during the saddle bronc event and did not make it to the finals.
The Lancers have the weekend off before returning to action in a rodeo hosted by Colorado State University on April 7-9.


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