Results from 36th annual FHSU rodeo
05/04/2001

HAYS, KS -- "The 36th Annual Fort Hays State University N.I.R.A. Rodeo was held under warm and dry conditions, windy but warm and dry. The significance of that statement is that 18 out of 24 years the weather was either rain, snow and/or hail plus wind. One year the conditions on Sunday were so threatening that contestants were leaving immediately after the short round. The turbulent clouds resulted in a tornado north of Hays.

"When you can get a team roper to say 'send me my check' then you know the weather is bad," said FHSU Rodeo Club advisor, Dr. Garry Brower. "So the windy conditions for the 36th annual rodeo were the best two out of three."

The 600 plus contestants competed during the 21 hours of "slack performances" and "paid performances." The paid performances were Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, which included approximately 10 contestants per event. The remainder of the contestants competed during the "slack performances." For example, in the men's calf roping, 30 competed in the three performances and the remaining 60 competed in the three slack performances.

The FHSU Rodeo had significance for several reasons. The regional winners were declared and the champion within each event received a custom made, hand-carved trophy saddle that indicated they were the champion in their respective event; a custom Bob Clore trophy plaque; and a $600 scholarship check from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco.

The reserve champion received a Bob Berg custom-made buckle, a custom-made Bob Clore trophy plaque and a $300 scholarship check from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco.

Additionally, the top 12 in each event were announced and they will go on to compete in the College Rodeo Championship Series (CRCS), May 16-19 at Enid, OK. The 12 in each event from the Central Plains Region will compete against the 12 from the Ozarks Region in a "playoff." The top seven from each event from the CRCS will compete at the College National Finals Rodeo, June 12-16 in Casper, WY.

The top four individuals in the long round, top four in the short round and the top four in the average of all nine events split $20,140 (40 percent, 30 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent, for first, second, third and fourth). The winners in each of the events and their college or university were:

Bareback Riding: Cody Askren, Dodge City Community College.
Calf Roping: Matt Carlson, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Breakaway Roping: Kandee Kraft, Kansas State University.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Matt Elliott, Panhandle State University.
Steer Wrestling: Cody Charmasson, Murray State College.
Goat Tying: Stacey Harris, Kansas State University.
Team Roping: Ross "Spud" Pratt, Fort Hays State University, and Jett Hillman, Panhandle State University.
Barrel Racing: Janae Ward, Oklahoma State University.
Bull Riding: Matt Jarvis, Fort Hays State University.
Men's Champion Team: Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Women's Champion Team: Oklahoma State University.
Men's All-Around Champion: Cody Askren, Dodge City Community College.
Women's All-Around Champion: Stacey Harris, Kansas State University.

Central Plains Region Champions
Men's Team Champion: Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Men's Team Reserve Champion: Fort Scott Community College.
Bareback Riding: Jet McCoy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Bareback Riding Reserve Champion: Clint Evers, Fort Scott Community College
Calf Roping: Wade Hudspeth, Oklahoma State University.
Calf Roping Reserve Champion: Jeff Miller, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Breakaway Roping: Jessi Houston, Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Breakaway Roping Reserve Champion: Kristi Miller, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Matt Elliott, Panhandle State University.
Saddle Bronc Reserve Champion: Jeremy Meeks, Fort Scott Community College.
Steer Wrestling: Justin Rumford, Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Steer Wrestling Reserve Champion: Stockton Graves, Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Goat Tying: Jennifer Heisman, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Goat Tying Reserve Champion: Hope Whitaker, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Team Roping: Jett Hillman, Panhandle State University.
Team Roping Reserve Champion: Ross "Spud" Pratt, Fort Hays State University.
Barrel Racing: Janae Ward, Oklahoma State University.

Barrel Racing Reserve Champion: Julia Warner, Oklahoma State University.
Bull Riding: Justin Hermanson, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Bull Riding Reserve Champion: Cody Sundby, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Men's All Around: Jet McCoy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Men's All Around Reserve Champion: Josh Canant, Panhandle State University.
Women's All Around: Stacey Harris, Kansas State University.
Women's All Around Reserve Champion: Kandee Kraft, Kansas State University.

FHSU qualified two individuals for the College Rodeo Championship Series at Enid. Matt Jarvis, Phillipsburg sophomore, qualified in bull riding while Ross "Spud" Pratt, Scott City senior, qualified in steer wrestling and team roping, with his partner Josh Canant from Panhandle State University. Pratt and Canant finished fourth at last year's College National Finals Rodeo.

"As a result of the Reserve Champion Team Roper, Spud has an automatic berth into the 2001 CNFR. He and Josh can go into the CRCS quite relaxed and be the 'giant killers,' " said Brower.


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