Women's rodeo team ranked No. 25 nationally

By Shawn Havel

The women’s rodeo team, led by barrel racers, remains in the national radar ranking No. 25 at the end of the first half of the rodeo season.

Junior barrel racer Jesse Pichler out of Columbus, Mont., has led the team with 470 points sitting at No. 9 in the nation and second in the Central Rocky Mountain Region trailing Northeastern Junior College’s Hayden Segelke by 30 points. Pichler took first place in the final two events of the season including Laramie County Community College’s Shawn Dubie Memorial rodeo and a second-place finish at the Central Wyoming College rodeo.

In her first year of competition for LCCC freshman Lacey Carroll proved she was ready to make the transition to collegiate rodeo, finishing No. 16 in the nation and fourth in the CRMR. The Harold, S.D., barrel racer earned a fifth-place finish in her first college rodeo and went on to win first place in her third rodeo at Sheridan College and second place at the Shawn Dubie Memorial.

On the men’s side Gus Thoreson has improved at each rodeo, accumulating points until his season peaked with a first-place finish at the Shawn Dubie Memorial to earn the honor of no. 1 saddle bronc rider in the CRMR and a No. 14 ranking nationally.

One of the most intriguing rodeo athletes to keep an eye on in the spring will be junior bull rider from North Platte Loncey Johnson. He has contended for the honor of top bull rider in the nation and made an appearance at the college rodeo finals; he currently sits at No. 3 in the region and No. 23 in the nation with 245 points. Johnson has proved he has the talent and will look to contend for a top position when the rodeo season continues in the spring.

The women are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the CRMR, and the men sit in eighth place. Coach David Browder has said his teams will look to build on their current standings and climb up the Central Rocky Mountain ranks when the season continues March 16 at the Gillette College rodeo.