Miller brings home buckle; places second in region

Colton Miller took first place at the Gillette rodeo March 18-20, placing him in second for the region in the saddle bronc event. In the long go-round he tied with Justin Dory from the University of Wyoming with a score of 66 and returned in the short go-round with a score of 66 putting him in first.

“Colton has shown a great attitude all year; he practices hard and is doing an outstanding job as a team leader,” said Drew Schrock, rodeo coach. “The results have shown as he has won four rodeos in a row; the last two in the fall and the first two this spring. He deserves to win and I look forward to watching him at the next rodeos.

In the steer wrestling Teigen Finnerty placed fourth with a time of 6.3 seconds in the long go-round. In the short go-round, Finnerty’s horse tripped and broke the barrier resulting in a ten second penalty which brought him to a final time of 17.5 seconds.

In the tie down roping Brady Thurston had a time of 9.9 seconds in the long go-round and a no time in the short go-round resulting in sixth place.

Brooke Hursh took fourth in the breakaway roping with 2.6 seconds in the long go-round and 3.1 seconds in the short go-round. Kassie Kautzman placed tenth with a time of 2.8 seconds in the long go-round and a no time in the short go-round. Kelsey Thomas fell into the 11th spot just behind Kautzman with a time of 2.9 seconds in the long go-round. Unable to catch her calf in the short go-round, Thomas received a no time in the short go-round.

The men tallied 325 points at the Gillette College rodeo putting them in fourth place and in sixth place for the region. Gillette College tallied 630 points in their home ground followed by Chadron State College with 495 points.

The women’s team tallied 105 points at the Gillette College rodeo. Gillette College took the lead with 405 points followed by Sheridan College with 265 points.

“The freshmen have done well this year, each of them coming back in different events and placing well,” Schrock said. “The women’s team really pulled through this last rodeo. Brooke scored and roped really well resulting in her fourth place finish. We will keep practicing and keeping that positive winning attitude going. We look forward to the next rodeo.”

The Rustlers will travel to Fort Collins for their next rodeo April 8-10.

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