Rodeo - Wed, Apr. 18, 2012
Women Win, Men Runner Up in First of Double HeaderJen Obrigewitch
, Asst Rodeo Coach
April 13 - 2012
Brookings, S.D. -
The Lady Bluehawks extended their lead in the Great Plains Regional Standings by winning the first of two rodeos hosted by South Dakota State Univeristy. Led by all-around sensation Bobbi Grann
(Jr., Sheyenne, N.D.), the women racked up 440 points to host team's 355. Grann won the average in both the barrel racing and the goat tying. With runs of 6.1 and 6.5 seconds, she snared 170 of the 180 points possible in the goats and did the same in the barrels with runs of 13.58 and 13.25 seconds. Laura Waldo
(Sr., Warwick, N.D.) had a 7.8 second run to sneek into the short round of the goat tying in 10th place and won it handily with the fastest run of the rodeo at 5.9 seconds. She also picked up third in the average. Barrel racers Micheala Kathrein (Fr., Dickinson, N.D.) and Victoria Netzer
(So., Sidney, Mont.) joined Grann in the barrel racing short go, but both downed barrels which took them out of the average. Kathrein did pick up 30 points for a 13.68 second run in the long round.
The Bluehawk Men had one of their best performances of the season scoring 610 points to finish second behind the Jackrabbits of SDSU. Old reliable Riley Knoll
(Sr., Mandan, N.D.) won both round and the average of the saddle bronc riding with scores of 59 and 72 respectively. Matt Wznick (Sr., Sidney, Mont.) did the same in calf roping smoking the field in both rounds with runs of 10.6 and 9.9 seconds. Bareback riders Blake Smith
(Fr., Zap, N.D.) and Jordan Pelton
(Jr., Halliday, N.D.) both picked up points. Smith marked 61 and 66 point rides to place 4th in the average and Pelton scored a 71 for third place in a round. Sophomores Cody Hilzendeger
(Bismarck, N.D.) and Jake Bauman
(Linton, N.D.) teamed up to win the long round of the team roping with a rapid 6.4 second run but came up empty in the short go which allowed teammate Turner Harris
(Sr., Killdeer, N.D.) and partner Taylor Williams of BHSU to move up to second in the average at 20.9 seconds on two steers.
The second edition of the Jackrabbit Stampede begins with slack Saturday morning where the Hawks will try to do it all over again.