The Black Hills State University women’s rodeo team dominated the first college rodeo of the season hosted by the University of Wisconsin at River Falls held September 18th and 19th.
The BHSU women’s team brought home the team title by accumulating 480 points. Fifteen teams from the Great Plains Region which encompasses Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota all competed for the team title.
“I was very impressed with how our women’s team performed and how the freshman stepped up to the collegiate level of competition,” said Coach Glen Lammers. The team was led by two freshmen from Buffalo, Jamie Britton who won the barrel racing and placed in the breakaway roping and goat tying; and Joey Painter who won the goat tying. Also, earning points for the Yellow Jackets were Cheryl Cowan, Turner, Mont., who placed sixth in the barrel racing; AnnaMae Lang, Pardeeville, Wis., who placed second in the first round of the breakaway; Raesha Ray, Pagosa Springs, Colo., who placed fifth in the breakaway; and Taylor Shoemaker, Faith, who placed in the first round of the team roping.
The men’s team was lead by senior PJ Painter, Buffalo, who was the 2009 Great Plains Region Reserve All-Around Cowboy. Painter won the men’s all-around, the tie down roping, and placed second in the team roping. The men’s team ended up third with 465 points behind first place team SDSU with 680 and second place team IACCC with 510. Also, earning points for the men’s team were Taylor Williams, Volborg, Mont., who placed fourth in the tie down roping; Tom Hunt, Faith, who placed sixth in the tie down roping; Brice Sutton, Onida, who placed sixth in the team roping; and Justin Collins, Belle Fourche, who placed in the first round of the team roping.
The Yellow Jackets next competitions will be rodeos held at Dayton and Ames, Iowa the first week of October.