Despite rainy conditions, Fort Hays State University's rodeo team recently finished the second rodeo of the fall season at Pratt Community College with success.
Twenty-one members of the team vied against 684 competitors from 23 different colleges and universities. The FHSU men came out with the fifth-place ranking in the region.
Matt Jarvis, Phillipsburg senior, won the bull-riding event with a score of 75 in the short round, which contributed to the FHSU men's effort and generated 120 points for the team. Jarvis also increased his first-place bull-riding standing in the region by 58 points.
Luke Boeser, Stapleton, NE, junior, set the pace for the steer wrestling with a time of 5.4 seconds in the long round and finished in fifth place in the short round.
Adam Clark, Burwell, NE, junior, beat teammate L. Boeser in steer wrestling, placing third in the long round with a time of 5.1 seconds. Clark finished the rodeo in second place in steer wrestling, which increased his standing to fourth in the region.
Jule Hazen, Protection junior, also qualified for the short round with a time of 6.0 seconds and finished in ninth place to contribute to the team's points.
Bernie Boeser, Stapleton, NE, senior, competed in steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding. In the steer wrestling, Boeser placed first in the long round beating brother L. Boeser and teammate Clark with a time of 4.5 seconds. He placed sixth overall in saddle bronc with a 69-point ride.
The FHSU women's team was represented by Leslie Foos, Tribune junior, who placed sixth overall in the barrel racing. She posted a 17.64 in the first round and came back with 17.67 in the short round.
Heidi Housholder, Coolidge senior, is the only FHSU women's team member to be ranked in the region and holds the 12th-place position in breakaway roping.
The team will participate in the upcoming National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeo at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.