Heavy rain turned the Oklahoma sand into red muck, but it didn't stop Fort Hays State University's rodeo team from coming out on top at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University N.I.R.A. Rodeo, in Weatherford, Okla., this past weekend.
The Tiger women had their strongest showing of the year, walking away with the championship. They were led by Brooke Inlow, Oakley junior, who won the long round of the goat tying. She came back on Saturday in the short round and placed third, which contributed to her winning the championship buckle, based off her total time on two head. Inlow sits first in the goat tying of the Central Plains Region, with only two rodeos left--including the FHSU Rodeo April 20-22--to determine the participants in the College National Finals. She also competed in the breakaway roping and the barrel racing.
Jenna Rolland, Hays freshman, also contributed to the team's success. She roped her first calf in the breakaway roping to put her in a tie for third place. She came back to place sixth in the short round which gave her a sixth-place finish in the average. Rolland also competed in the goat tying, where she finished the long round in 10th but failed to place in the short round.
Randy Massey, Kingman freshman, won fifth in the long round of the barrel racing, which qualified her for the short round, where she was sixth. She finished the weekend with a sixth-place finish in the event. Massey also competed in breakaway roping and goat tying.
Travis Camac, Augusta junior, made sure the FHSU name was heard in the men's competition as well. His first-place finish in the long round of the steer wrestling allowed him to compete again Saturday night in the short round, where he threw his steer in the fastest time of the weekend, giving him another first place. His performance won him a championship buckle for the average in the event. Camac also competed in calf roping.
Coming off this strong finish, the FHSU rodeo team is ready to hit the hometown ground this weekend with the 42nd annual Fort Hays State University N.I.R.A. Rodeo. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday for the championship round at FHSU's Doug Philip Arena, Golf Course road.
Tickets for the even may be purchased at Memorial Union, on the FHSU campus, Orscheln Farm and Home, 2900 Broadway, and Vanderbilts, 2900 Vine.
Other members of the rodeo team are listed by hometown, classification and events.
AUGUSTA: Sadie Crawford, junior, barrel racing.
COURTLAND: Derek Stewart, junior, steer wrestling and team roping.
MANKATO: Chase Warne, junior, team roping.
MANHATTAN: Katie Reimler, sophomore, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
OBERLIN: Logan Glaze, sophomore.
OTTAWA: Kayla Watts, freshman, goat tying and breakaway roping.
PAOLA: Cristie Heisman, sophomore, goat tying and breakaway roping.
PROTECTION: Haley Hazen, senior, breakaway roping.
STERLING: Logan Farney, sophomore, team roping.