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Seven Black Hills State University rodeo contestants recently qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in June in Casper, Wyo. Left to right (back row) are: Ty Manke, junior business administration major from Hermosa; Jake Smith, junior business administration major from Whitewood; Chuck Schmidt, junior history major from Keldron; Marvin Heesacker, senior business administration major from Gillette, Wyo.; Taylor Williams, freshman business administration major from Broadus, Mont.; and BHSU rodeo coach, Glen Lammers, who was recently named Coach of Year. Front row: Amy Holmes, senior business administration major from Oregon, Wis., and PJ Painter, senior business administration major from Buffalo.

Seven Black Hills State University rodeo contestants recently qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). The rodeo will be held June 14-20 in Casper, Wyo.

The BHSU men’s team finished strong at the final rodeo of the season in Dickinson, N.D., winning with a total of 760 points. They finished second in the region which qualifies them for the CNFR as a team. PJ Painter, senior business administration major from Buffalo; Ty Manke, junior business administration major from Hermosa; Chuck Schmidt, junior history major from Keldron; Marvin Heesacker, senior business administration major from Gillette, Wyo.; Taylor Williams, freshman business administration major from Broadus, Mont.; and Jake Smith, junior business administration major from Whitewood, are the men who qualified.

Manke and Schmidt qualified in the saddle bronc event; Painter qualified in tie down roping and team roping; Heesacker and Williams qualified in team roping; and Smith qualified in the bareback riding event.

The women’s team earned third in the region, which did not allow them to make the national team qualification. However, Amy Holmes, senior business administration major from Oregon, Wis., qualified for the CNFR as an individual. She will compete in barrel racing and goat tying.

BHSU rodeo coach Glen Lammers, who is also an assistant in the Human Resources Department, was named Coach of the Year at the year-end banquet in Dickinson. The award was presented by the board of directors from the Great Plains Region which consists of students and coaches. This is Lammers’ first year coaching rodeo for the Yellow Jackets.