Black Hills State University rodeo team members Cole Fulton, Miller, and Joey Painter, Buffalo, tallied the highest individual point totals for the weekend to earn the All-Around honors at the North Dakota State University Bison Stampede this past weekend.
The women’s team continues to maintain their lead in the Great Plains Region standings after accumulating the most team points for the combined rodeos. The men’s team is also making their way up the leader board with their impressive showing this past weekend.
“Our entire team performed well this weekend which is a great way to finish the fall season. We have several multi-event student athletes on our roster who showed their capabilities,” commented Coach Glen Lammers.
At the first rodeo both the men’s and women’s team finished in second place behind South Dakota State University and Dickinson State, respectively.
Painter split first place with a 2.4 second run in the ladies breakaway roping. Kristen Lawrence, Mobridge, and Lexy Smith, Flandreau, also had great performances in the ladies breakaway roping. Lawrence finished in third place with a 2.6 second run and Smith finished in sixth place with a 2.8.
Jordan Murray, Isabel, split first place in the goat tying with a time of 6.3 seconds, just one-tenth faster than Painter who finished in second place with a 6.4. Teammate Shandel Yordy, Martin, was in fifth place with a 6.6 and Jamie Britton, Buffalo, split eighth place with a 7.6 second run.
The BHSU men’s team had a very impressive showing as well. Taylor Williams, Volberg, Mont., took top honors in the team roping in the first rodeo with a time of 5.9 seconds. Third place went to Tye Hale, White Owl, with a 6.9 second run, and not far behind in fifth place was Fulton with a 7.6 second run. Hale also left his mark in the tie down roping finishing in third place with a 9.4 second run, and Williams making sure he was not going to be left out, split eighth place with a time of 10.8 seconds.
Kyle Wilson, Deer River, Minn., stole the steer wrestling show over the weekend and brought home the buckle for the steer wrestling title. Wilson started off with a 4.8 second time in the first rodeo with a second place finish, Fulton was not far behind with a 5.4 and a fourth place finish. Fellow teammate Tom Hunt, Faith, started rodeo number two off with an excellent performance turning a steer over in 4.2 seconds, Fulton followed with a 4.3 and Wilson was right behind him in fifth place with a 4.8 second run. In the final round Kyle Wilson split first with University of South Dakota law student and past BHSU Rodeo Team Member, P.J. Painter, Buffalo, with a 4.4 which gave Wilson the overall win.
As the second rodeo continued, Hale showed once again that he was the one to beat, as he took top honors in the long go round with a time of 6.5 seconds in the team roping. Joey Painter was third, Fulton was fourth, and Britton was fifth in the long go round of the team roping event. Fulton topped the field in the short -go round with a time of 5.9 seconds which led him to a second place finish in the average and gained him the team roping title overall. Britton also placed fourth in the short go round and finished fourth in the average.
Fulton showed his versatility during the long go round of the second rodeo after placing high in the team roping, he also went on to win the tie down roping as well with a 9.5 second run. Newley Kartak, Colome, finished fifth in the long go round and sixth in the average of the tie down roping.
Murray had the fastest time of the entire weekend in the ladies breakaway roping in the long go round of second rodeo with a 2.3 second run. She also split fourth place in the average. Jordyn Johnson, Sturgis, was seventh in the long go round with a time of 2.9 seconds.
Joey Painter once again prevailed in the goat tying in the second rodeo after winning the long go round with a time of 6.3 seconds. She then placed third in the short go round with a time of 6.7 seconds which gave her the event title. Britton split third place in the long go round with a 6.6 second run and was sixth in the short round and split fifth in the average. Yordy also had a great long go round, as she finished in second place with a time of 6.4 seconds.
BHSU has ended the first half of the season in great standing and is continuing to prove they are a team to watch out for in the rodeo arena, according to Lammers. “We plan to continue our practice schedule through the winter at Seven Down Arena in order to improve in some aspects and stay sharp in other events,” Lammers said.
The spring season will kick off with the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede April 2 and 3, 2011.