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BHSU women’s rodeo team takes first at Yellow Jacket Stampede

Black Hills State University women’s rodeo team the captured the women’s team title at the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede past weekend at the Seven Down Arenas. Joey Painter, sophomore from Buffalo, earned the title of all around cowgirl.

The Black Hills State University women’s rodeo team the captured the women’s team title with 455 points edging out a very competitive Dickinson State University team which earned 425 points during the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede past weekend at the Seven Down Arenas near Spearfish. Competitors from 12 different universities covering a five-state region known as the Great Plains Region roped, rode, and raced for team titles and their respective event championship titles.

Joey Painter, sophomore from Buffalo led the women’s team. In the first round of competition, she placed second in the breakaway roping, fifth in the team roping, and first in the goat tying. During the short go Painter showed her domination in the goat tying event by winning the short go round with a time of 7.5 seconds. Painter also left the arena with the title of all around cowgirl.

Jordyn Johnson, junior from Sturgis, had a strong showing in the first go by winning the breakaway roping with a 2.6 second run. Johnson also raced her way to the lead in the barrel racing with a time of 13.98 seconds in the first go edging out teammate Kristen Lawrence. Lawrence, sophomore from Promise, tied for second place in the barrel racing in the first round of rodeo competition with a 14.00 second run.

Sydney Hettinger, senior from Gillette, Wyo., dashed her way to fourth place in the barrel racing event in the first go of Saturday’s competition. Hettinger went on to win the short go and the average in barrel racing event with a smoking run of 13.71 seconds during the short go performance. Stephanie Kingston, freshman from Sioux City, Iowa, claimed fifth place honors in the barrel racing after the first go.

Lexy Smith, senior from Flandreau, grabbed the number four spot in the breakaway roping with a time of 3.7 seconds during the first round of competition. In the short go, Smith split a three way tie for second place with a time of 3.2 seconds and snatched up second place in the average in the breakaway roping event. Shandel Yordy, freshman from Martin, showcased her goat tying skills with an 8.0 second run in the goat tying event which landed her with second place honors during the first go round. Yordy tied for sixth place in the short go with a time of 9.7 seconds and was awarded the number four position in the average in the goat tying.

The BHSU men’s team placed second as a team accumulating 410 points. The men’s team from South Dakota State University won the men’s team with 710 points. Tye Hale, senior from White Owl, roped his way to fifth placed in the first go of tie down roping with a time of 12.2 seconds. Hale went on to place fifth in the average in the tie down event with a 12.6 second run in the short go. Hale also placed second in the team roping event with a time of 6.7 seconds during the first round and scored fifth place honors in the average in the team roping.

Kyle Wilson, BHSU freshman from Deer River, Minn., placed fourth in the tie down roping in the first round of competition with a time of 11.5 seconds. During the short go Wilson placed sixth with a time of 14.6 seconds and was sixth in the average in the tie down roping event.

Taylor Williams, junior from Broadus, Mont., placed first in the first go in the team roping with a time of 6.5 seconds and fourth in the average. In the steer wrestling, Kyle Albers, junior from Hartford, wrestled his way to a seventh place finish in the first of go of the steer wrestling event. Albers grabbed the short go win with a time of 5.1 seconds in the steer wrestling event and picked up third place in the average in the big man’s event. Sam Olson, BHSU sophomore from Buffalo, roped his way to a seventh place finish in the first go of competition in the tie down roping event with a time of 12.5 seconds.

“I was very impressed with the performance of our team. They hosted a great rodeo and competed very well,” noted Coach Glen Lammers.
The BHSU rodeo teams will travel to Brooking to the SDSU Jackrabbit Stampede this weekend, April 7-10.

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