Posted at 10:40 a.m., May 5, 2015

College's rodeo team up and running

Women's team gallops ahead on fast track to nationals

Rizwani-Nisley

Hard work pays off:

Kelsey Knust practices calf roping on Oct. 17, 2014. The women's team has recently been earning points in leaps and bounds in an attempt to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper June 14-20.

Tamara Rodgers

With two first-place finishes in the last two rodeos, the Laramie County Community College women’s rodeo team has put itself in position for a potential spot in the College National Finals Rodeo.

While the team had not even been in the top four previous to the last two rodeos, and it still has a steep uphill climb, the Golden Eagles’ women’s rodeo team has pulled into third place in the Central Rocky Mountain Region standings. The team needs to bridge a 385-point gap between it and second-place Northeastern Junior College, but the women have amassed 685 points in the last two rodeos, including a massive 465 points at the Colorado State University rodeo April 10—12. Only the top two teams from each region will advance to the CNFR, and Northeastern has scored 270 points in the last two rodeos. Gillette College is in first place with 2,127 points.

On the men’s side, Kalaen Anders earned enough points in steer wrestling to secure the top spot in the region regardless of the outcome of the final rodeo. He has qualified for the CNFR.

Several competitors on the women’s side are in position to qualify for CNFR. The top three from each region qualify for CNFR.

Syerra Hope Christensen sits in second place regionally in breakaway roping with 450 points followed by teammate Kelsey Rae Knust with 290 points in third place. Knust will need to score well at the final regular rodeo to retain third place because she is closely followed by Casper College’s Abbea Lynne Faris with 277.5 points.

Tawny Tee Barry is just outside of third place with 470 points in goat tying. Sheridan’s Tioni Scot Erickson is in third with 525 points.

The next rodeo was scheduled at the University of Wyoming May 1-3. CNFR will be held June 14-20 in Casper.

Rodeo team places at CSU

Rodeo men, women take seventh

LCCC's rodeo team places
in first competition of 2015