Women's rodeo enters home stretch riding at No. 18 in nation

By Shawn Havel

After another solid performance from a breakaway roper and barrel racers, the Laramie County Community College women’s rodeo team will head into the final rodeo of the fall semester ranked no. 18 in the nation.

Breakaway roper Tori Bonham finished first at the Lamar Community College rodeo in Colorado Sept. 30–Oct. 2. Barrel racers Jesse Pichler and Raelynn Keller both continued to rack up points for the team finishing in second and third. The women’s combined efforts earned a third-place finish overall at the Lamar rodeo with 215 points and fifth-place standing in CRMR rankings.

As of the Oct. 3 rankings, Pichler (No. 3), Keller (No. 7) along with Lacey Carroll (No. 5) and Katelyn Ellis (tied No. 13) are ranked in the Top 13 barrel racers in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. After her performance at the Lamar rodeo, Pichler is now nationally ranked ninth overall with teammate Carroll No. 13 and Keller sitting about 60 points outside the Top 25 for barrel racing.

Men’s team roping heeler Wil VanHill finished in third place in Lamar, recording a time of 22.5 seconds. Ty Taypot earned a fourth-place finish in bareback riding to help the men’s rodeo team finish 10th at the Lamar rodeo and eighth-place regional ranking.

With the final rodeo of the fall semester approaching Oct. 14 at home, LCCC’s team has several athletes ranked both nationally and regionally including: Loncey Johnson, who has climbed to the No. 7 position nationally in bullriding and currently sits at No. 1 within the region; Gus Thoreson, who has escalated himself to the No. 13 saddle bronc rider in the nation and fourth best in the region; Cole Thoreson, No. 12 in saddle bronc riding in CRMR; and Shana Lyons seventh ranked in goat tying in CRMR.