HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's rodeo team placed four members into the championship round at the College Rodeo Championship Series in Enid, OK, from May 16-19.
The Central Plains region, to which FHSU belongs, also was well represented with 69 of the 113 championship contestants.
FHSU's Amy Boettcher, Atkinson, NE, senior, participated in goat tying at the CRCS. On her first run she tied her goat in 8.5 seconds and tied her second goat in 9.9 ranking her 10th in the final round of the CRCS, where she placed eighth only 0.1 second behind the seventh-place finisher. Only the top seven finishers move on to the College National Finals Rodeo.
Braden Stueve, Olpe sophomore, competed in the team roping with partner Cole Mott (Panhandle State University) roping their first steer in 11.9 seconds with a 5- second penalty for catching only one hind leg, ranking them 15th in the round. They roped their second steer in 8.6 seconds, ranking them seventh, and then roped their final steer in 27.4 seconds and taking sixth place in the CRCS and qualifying them for the College National Finals Rodeo.
Also participating in the team roping was Spud Pratt, Scott City senior, and his partner Josh Canant (Panhandle State University).
Pratt and Canant roped their first steer in 7.3 seconds for a first-place ranking. In the second round Pratt and Canant missed their steer for a "no time" but moved into the final round and finished with a time of 7.9 seconds, ranking them seventh in the final round and qualifying them for the CNFR.
Matt Jarvis, Phillipsburg sophomore, represented FHSU in the bull-riding and at the CRCS and took on a tough stock of bucking bulls. Jarvis rode his first bull for two seconds and the second for seven of the eight required seconds.
The College National Finals Rodeo will be in Casper, WY, from June 12-16.