TORRINGTON – The weekend goal for sophomore Jacey Thompson was simple: Qualify for the championship short-go in four events this weekend at the Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo.
When all was said and done, she qualified for three – goat tying, team roping and breakaway roping – coming up short in making the final round of barrel racing.
“It was a good weekend, I can’t complain,” Thompson said.
Thompson, a native of Yoder, won the average in goat tying with a time of 13.8 seconds, setting the fastest time in Sunday’s championship performance in 6.5 seconds.
“Goat tying treated me very well,” Thompson said. “I’m now a two-time champ in this rodeo in the goats. That’s always nice especially since it’s my hometown rodeo.”
Thompson also set quickest time in breakaway roping with a 2.4 second run, tying sophomore teammate Karissa Rayhill. Both Lady Lancers finished the weekend tied for second in the average at five seconds – only .2 seconds slower than event winner Teisha Coffield of the University of Wyoming.
“That felt very good,” Thompson said. “I’ve been working on my breakaway so it’s starting to show.”
Thompson also made the finals in team roping with partner Colin Dibbern of Chadron State College, but she missed on the head of the calf, resulting in a no time.
“I was trying to be too quick, to be honest,” Thompson said. “It’s part of rodeo. You can’t catch them all.”
As a team, the Lady Lancers scored 384 points on the weekend, placing second. The UW Cowgirls won the Lancer Rodeo with 475 points.
“It feels really good because a lot of time they can’t come everywhere and support me,” Thompson said of her weekend success at the Goshen County Fairgrounds. “When they do come and support me, it’s always nice to do good.”
EWC still holds on to the Central Rocky Mountain Region points lead over Wyoming, 1952.33-1895, while Thompson holds a 977-920 advantage in the women’s all-around standings over UW’s Coffield.
In the men’s division, Freshman Teigen Marchant placed second in the steer wrestling average with a time of 10.1 on two steers. He tied for third in the opening round and made the second quickest run in the championship round.
Freshman Chadron Coffield placed second in the first round of the tie-down roping and won the short-round, finishing the weekend second in the average with a total time of 20.9 seconds on two runs. Sophomore Colton Reed came home fourth in the first round but recorded a no time in the championship round.
In team roping, EWC sophomore Braden Pirrung and Gillette College partner Jace Engesse were fifth in the first round, third in the short round and third in the average. The sophomore team of Ty Truchan and Brendan Butterfield tied for first in the first round, fourth in the short round and fourth in the average.
The Lancer men ended the weekend third in the team standings with 425 points. Casper College won the team title with 555, while Laramie County Community College was second with 435.
There are three rodeos left in the season before the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper this June, and the Lancers travel to the Colorado State University rodeo this weekend. Action begins on Friday, April 5 and concludes on Sunday, April 7.