Rodeo - Fri, Apr. 27, 2012
Knoll, Grann and Lady Bluehawks Come Out on Top in Lincoln.Jen Obrigewitch
, Asst Rodeo Coach
April 20 - 2012
Lincoln, Neb. -
For third time in as many rodeos, veteran saddle bronc rider Riley Knoll
(Sr., Mandan, N.D.) won the long and short rounds of the bronc riding. Knoll scored a 66 followed up by a 64 in a pen of unpredictable horses to add to his comfortable lead in the regional standings. Bobbi Grann
(Jr., Sheyenne, N.D.), leader of the barrel racing standings, accomplished the same feat in that event, running a 14.14 in the long round and a 14.06 in the short to take the title and help the Lady Hawks win the rodeo with a team total of 435 points.
Seniors Ashley Schaper
(Halliday, N.D.) and Laura Waldo
(Warwick, N.D.) chipped in significantly. Waldo made solid runs of 8.1 and 7.2 to win the short round and take second in the goat tying average. Schaper teamed up with Black Hills State's Katie Doll to place second in the short round and the average of the team roping with runs of 9.7 and 14.2 seconds. Schaper also placed in the long round of the barrel racing, but got a little too close in the short and took a five second penalty. Freshman Michaela Kathrein
(Dickinson, N.D.) continued her hot streak in the barrel racing placing third in the long with a 14.23 and sixth in the short and the average despite running by the third barrel for a 14.74 second run. In the breakaway roping, DSU's Afton Wznick
(So., Cavalier, N.D.) was consistent with runs of 3.7 and 3.5 seconds which earned her second in the short go and third in the average.
Fellow roughies Blake Smith
(Fr., Zap, N.D) and Jordan Pelton
(Jr., Halliday, N.D) added to Knoll's point total for the men. Smith covered both of his bareback horses with scores of 69 and 53 to claim second and fourth in the rounds and third in the average. Pelton marked a 66 on his first horse for a fifth in the long round and his total on one held up for sixth in the average. On the timed event side of things, cousins Matt (Sr., Sidney, Mont.) and Tanner (Sr., Cavalier, N.D.) Wznick roped a steer in 9.0 seconds for fourth in the long round of the team roping and both placed in the long round of the tie down roping as well. Matt was second with a time of 10.2 while Tanner's twelve flat took home sixth place. Turner Harris
(Sr., Killdeer, N.D.) tied two calves in 11.4 and 10.7 respectively to place in both rounds and fifth in the average. The men's team finished in third place with a respectable 515 points.
The Hawks remain in Lincoln for the second of the double rodeo.