Despite extremely muddy conditions at the 38th Annual Fort Hays State University N.I.R.A. rodeo, the FHSU men's rodeo team managed to hang on to a sixth-place ranking overall going into the College Rodeo Championship Series, with four students qualifying for the national championship.
No member of the men's team qualified for the short round, but some did have times and scores recorded.
Matt Jarvis, Phillipsburg senior, scored a 68 in bull riding in the long round, not good enough to qualify for the short round, but was still named Champion Bull Rider of the Central Plains Region. Rivals from Southwestern Oklahoma State, Western Oklahoma State College and Colby Community College failed to top Jarvis' total points. He will go to the CRCS in first place in bull riding.
Also qualifying for the CRCS was Luke Boeser, Stapleton, NE, junior, fifth in steer wrestling; Carver Abbott, Hyannis, NE, freshman, eighth in steer wrestling; and Bernie Boeser, Stapleton, NE, senior, 12th in saddle bronc riding.
Other men with recorded scores were Justin Herl, Hays sophomore, and Travis Ruppert, McCook, NE, freshman, both with a time of 9.9 seconds in team roping; Randy Purdue, Enterprise sophomore, and Ruppert, both with 15.2 seconds in team roping; and Luke Rush, Green sophomore, with a time of 8.4 seconds in team roping, along with Bernie Boeser.
The sole woman to qualify for the short round was Leslie Foos, Tribune junior, with a third-place finish in the long round and a fourth-place finish in the short round. These performances won her the barrel racing title for the rodeo.
"She had a great game plan and her horse runs favorably in mud," said Dr. Garry Brower, associate professor of agriculture and rodeo coach. "We look forward to her performance in the 2003-04 season."
Foos barely missed qualifying for the CRCS by 20 points.
Other women who recorded scores were Katie Gill, Abilene sophomore, with 20.16 seconds in barrel racing; Heidi Housholder, Coolidge senior, with 4.7 seconds in breakaway roping; Lana Stueve, Olpe junior, with 13.1 seconds in breakaway roping, after a 10-second penalty; Haley Swartz, Alta Vista junior, with a time of 19.47 in barrel racing; and Amorette Windholz, Victoria freshman, with 20.94 seconds, also in barrel racing.