Through rain, injuries, FHSU Rodeo team prevails in Central Plains Region standings

Neither rain nor injuries could prevent the Fort Hays State University Rodeo team from contending at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeo from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Alva, OK.

The FHSU men's team finished the rain and mud-filled weekend with 145 points and third place. Southwestern Oklahoma State University finished in first and Panhandle State University in second.

Luke Boeser, Stapleton, NE, junior, placed fourth in the long round of the steer wrestling competition with a 4.9-second run qualifying him for the short round. Boeser won the short round with a time of 4.7 seconds, placing him second in the rodeo average and ranking him sixth in the steer wrestling for Central Plains Region.

Matt Jarvis, Phillipsburg senior, continued his quest for the Central Plains Region bull riding championship with a 78-point ride on his first bull. Unfortunately, the bull stepped on his riding hand and he received a greenstick fracture of the second metacarpal and significant soft tissue damage. With injury, Jarvis continued into the short round with a score of 73 points, placing fourth overall. Jarvis will take the next few months to rest and rehabilitate his injury to prepare for the spring rodeo season. Jarvis is currently leading the region in bull riding and is ranked fifth in the nation.

Adam Clark, Burwell, NE, junior, finished the long round of the rodeo in 10th place with a steer wrestling run of 5.4 seconds. In the short round, Clark completed a run of 9.3 seconds, placing him in seventh in the event and ranking him ninth in the region.

Fellow steer wrestler Bernie Boeser, Stapleton, NE, junior, broke his leg following the Southeastern Oklahoma State University rodeo and was unable to compete at Alva. Boeser's injury required surgery to plate and screw the bones and will be unable to compete in the steer wrestling or saddle bronc events until February. Nevertheless, Boeser remains ranked in the 11th position in the Central Plains Region in steer wrestling and seventh position in the saddle bronc ranking.

Larry Phillips, Jetmore sophomore, did not qualify for the short round in either calf roping, steer wrestling or team roping. Although he did not gain any points in the rodeo he remains ranked at 15th in the region in the heeling category of team roping.

Competition was extremely tight at the rodeo with the top 10 goat-tiers separated by only 0.8 second and only 0.65 second separated the barrel racers. Although the FHSU women's team was unable to qualify anyone for the short round, Heidi Householder, Coolidge junior, remains ranked in the region. She is positioned in 16th in a three-way tie in the breakaway roping.

The entire rodeo team will receive a much needed break in the rodeo schedule until Feb. 21-23 when the spring rodeo season kicks into gear at the Kansas State University N.I.R.A. Rodeo in Manhattan.

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