Ranked racer remains humble

Keller says she just wants to contribute to team

In an era of vain athletes with ballooning egos, Laramie County Community College's rodeo team seems to create a different breed of athlete.

Sophomore barrel racer Raelynn Keller, of Saskatchewan, Canada, has approached the season confidently but remains humble and optimistic about her contributions to the team and her own rodeo career.

Keller currently sits in eighth place in the Central Rocky Mountain Region for barrel racing with 185 points but has been consistently contributing to her team's standing with two fourth-place finishes and a sixth-place finish last semester.

Rider says team on verge of qualifying for CNFR

"I'm more hopeful in the team," Keller said.

Though Keller did not doubt her own abilities, she said she knew LCCC's women's rodeo team was on the verge of qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo and she said she felt her team was capable of earning a spot by finishing as one of the top two teams regionally.

Keller said she will remain competitive in barrel racing and was capable of challenging for a top-three spot to qualify for her own spot in the CNFR."I'm anxious to see how it turns out," Keller said.

Like many of the athletes on the rodeo team, Keller competes in multiple events. And, although she said barrel racing is her strength, breakaway roping is her favorite event.

"Barrel racing is based on the horse's ability, which is why I like breakaway," Keller said. "I haven't made any points, but I feel more confident this semester."

Keller said she felt she will be able to place in breakaway roping during the second half of the season.

Rider's parents, brother, sister all rodeo

The roots of Keller's love and understanding of rodeo can be traced throughout her family tree. Both of her parents were involved in rodeo. Her mother competed in barrel racing; her brother is currently competing, and her sister Rheanne Keller is currently competing with LCCC.

She said she loved rodeo because of how she was raised and felt it was what she knew most about.

Keller said she was inspired to compete because she loved "the feeling of doing well and the accomplishment" she felt afterward.

Keller is currently majoring in biology to become a physical therapist; however, she said she hoped she could become a professional rodeo athlete. She plans on attending LCCC for another year before transferring to the University of Wyoming.

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