FHSU rodeo team competes in Colby; women's team takes second, men qualify two for short round

The women's rodeo team from Fort Hays State University brought home second place from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo at Colby Community College from Sept. 17 to 19.

They shared second place in the team standings with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Southeastern Oklahoma State University placed first. Two FHSU men went to the short round.

" Garth Brooks sings of 'Wind and mud, bulls and blood,' and I guess that three out of four isn't a bad percentage," said Dr. Garry Brower, associate professor of agriculture and faculty advisor to the rodeo team.

" We had wind and dirt and more wind and dirt during 21 hours of competition. Nevertheless, the men's and women's teams had reasonable success for the first rodeo of the season."

The Colby rodeo was the first of three NIRA events this fall.

The women's team consisted of Haley Hazen, Ashland sophomore; Karli Sherwood, Holly, CO, junior; Amy Smith, Bertrand sophomore; and Abby Wagaman, Emporia junior.

Hazen was second in the breakaway roping of the long round, roping her calf in 3.0 seconds. In the championship round (top 10 in each event) she roped her second calf in 2.7 seconds, but broke the barrier and was penalized 10 seconds, which gave her a split of fourth place in the round and fourth in the average.

Sherwood won the long round of goat tying with a time of 8 seconds. She came back in the fourth round with 8.3 seconds, placing fourth, and then split a second and third in the average. In breakaway calf roping, she earned a seventh-place ranking with a time of 3.7 seconds on her first calf, but missed in the short round.

Wagaman tied her goat in 11.5 seconds but did not qualify for the short round. She ran the barrels in 18.96 seconds, but just missed qualifying for the championship round.

Smith roped her calf in 4.9 seconds, but she also missed making the short round.

Other female competitors included Katie Gill, Abilene junior; Ashley Thurston, Leoti freshman; and Amorette Windholz, Victoria junior. During the barrel run, Gill produced a time of 20.05 seconds; Thurston19.1 seconds and Windholz turned in a time of 23.54 seconds.

Two men's team members, Austin Boggs, Cimarron junior, and Wacey Kovarik, Rose, NE junior, qualified for the short round.

Boggs scored a 71 on his saddle bronc and was ranked fifth, but was bucked off his short-round horse. He also entered the steer wrestling competition, but failed to record a time score.

Kovarik scored a 72 on his bareback horse and split fourth in the long round. In the short round, he scored a 66 for ninth-place and split a fourth in the average.

Other men's team members were Cole Camac, Augusta senior; Travis Camac, Augusta freshman; Logan Glaze, Oberlin freshman; Mike McCaslin, Broken Bow, NE senior; Billy Stein, Derby junior; Justin Herl, Hays senior; Tanner Nolan, Tribune sophomore; Chase Warne, Mankato sophomore; and Matt Miller, Abilene junior.

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