DSU News
Rodeo - Wed, Apr. 18, 2012
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Rodeo Teams Finish Third
Jen Obrigewitch, Asst Rodeo Coach
April 15 - 2012

Brookings, S.D. -
The Lady Bluehawks were outscored by the Yellow Jackets of Black Hills State and Tritons of Iowa Central in the second of a double header rodeo in Brookings, while the men's team fell short of both Iowa Central and the host team Jackrabbits. Nonetheless, the Bluehawk Men put up a good showing with 520 points and a single event champion. Riley Knoll (Sr., Mandan, N.D.) not only put up back to back wins in the saddle bronc; he did so decisively, sweeping all four rounds of the weekend. Markings of 67 and 77 earned him the title of rodeo two. Turner Harris (Sr., Killdeer, N.D.) added 100 points in the team roping, placing second in the average with runs of 11.6 and 7.6 seconds. Harris finished second in the long round of the tie down roping with a 10.7 second run, but a broken barrier on a 10 flat in the short go cost him the win in the average. Matt Wznick (Sr., Sidney, Mont.) and Cody Hilzendeger (So., Bismarck, N.D.) also picked up points in the tie down roping. Wznick was fourth in the long round with an 11.4 while Hilzendeger was 11.7 seconds for 5th. Hilzendeger's 14.7 in the short go was good enough to snag 4th in the average as well. Caleb Strecker (So. Gladstone, N.D.) placed in a round of steer wrestling with a 4.9 second run.

The Lady Hawks started out strong in this rodeo, with Bobbi Grann (Jr., Sheyenne, N.D.) winning the long round of the barrels with a 13.49 second run and splitting 3rd in the goats with a 6.8 second run. Grann's luck ran out in the short go, however, when her goat got up and she tipped a couple of barrels. Teammate Laura Waldo (Sr., Warwick, N.D.) who tied with Grann at 6.8 in the goats fared better in the short go. Her 6.6 placed her second in the round and third in the average. Freshman barrel racer Michaela Kathrein (Dickinson, N.D) was able to leave all the barrels up on the cloverleaf pattern. Two solid runs of 13.68 and 13.63 placed her in both rounds and fourth in the average. Regional breakaway roping leader Ashley Schaper (Sr., Halliday, N.D) split 3rd in the long round with a 3.2 second run.

The Hawks and their horses will be laying over in Ashland, NE this week to rest and practice for another double header at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln, NE.