Spearfish, S.D. – Both the men’s and women’s teams placed second at the Yellow Jacket Stampede. The Blue Hawk men racked up an impressive 595 team points, but fell shy of season leader South Dakota State’s 650 points.
The Blue Hawks’ efforts did propel them ahead of the Black Hills State men into the important second place position in the regional standings. With the top two teams qualifying for nationals, the Hawks need to maintain second through the remaining two rodeos of the season.
Leading the charge for the Blue Hawks was bronc rider Dalton Rixen, who, for the third time this year, won both rounds and the average in his event. Rixen spurred his way to 75 in the long round and a 73 in the short round, well ahead of the rest of the field.
Fellow roughie Blake Smith was nearly as good in the bareback riding, also winning the first round marking a 75 on a re-ride horse. Smith drew a mediocre dancing partner in the short round but used him as best he could marking a 64 point ride which was good enough for second in the round and allowed him to edge standings leader Nick Schwedhelm for the average championship.
DSU’s steer wrestlers were solid the long round with Cameron Morman’s 5.7 splitting first and Evan Entze (6.4) and Tyler Thorson (8.0) finishing third and sixth, respectively. Thorson remained solid in the short go downing his steer in 7.0 to finish second in the round and the average. Morman’s 4.2 would’ve been the fastest time of the weekend but he took the barrier with him, leaving him fifth in the round and the average.
The Blue Hawks travel to Hastings, Neb. May 1-2 for their last road trip before hosting the season finale rodeo at home.