Hastings, Neb. – The Blue Hawk Men continued a fierce battle with Black Hills State University to claim a team qualification to the College National Finals Rodeo. Last weekend the Hawks pulled ahead of the Yellow Jackets into the number two position in the regional standings, but slipped back to third following a second place finish at the Bobby Gottsch, Jr. Memorial Rodeo. The Blue Hawks scored a respectable 470 team points to, but Black Hills’ men amassed an incredible 870 points.
Tyler Thorson may be starting a streak in the steer wrestling after placing last weekend, he won the long go and the average in Hastings with runs of 4.9 and 6.6 Cameron Morman also placed in the average and short go. Both his steers folded up on him, making for longer runs of 8.3 and 10.2.
Blake Smith continued his hot streak at the spring rodeos, winning both rounds and the average of the bareback riding with scores of 74 and 77.
Dalton Rixen made a nice ride on his second horse after coming down from his first one early. His 74 point ride was the best of the rodeo. Rixen also placed fourth in the long go of the team roping heeling behind Sadie Gjermundson with a smooth run of 10.4.
Travis Koenig was third in the long round of team roping with a run of 9.5 but Koenig’s header Ryan Thompson from North Dakota State couldn’t connect in the short go.
The Blue Hawks host the final rodeo of the Great Plains Region season at the outdoor arena on State Avenue May 8 and 9 with slack at 1:00 pm Friday, performances at 6:00 pm Friday and 1:00 pm Saturday and the short go performance at 6:00 pm Saturday.