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Schuelke wins bull riding; SC men 4th at CSU rodeo

SHERIDAN — After a week off, the Sheridan College rodeo team got back into the arena over the weekend in Fort Collins, Colo.

Strong bull riding performances from Sheridan cowboys paced the men’s team to a fourth place finish at the Skyline Stampede rodeo at Colorado State University.

Taygen Schuelke won his second bull riding competition in as many competitions for SC this year. Just three of the 30 bull riders rode their bulls successfully to make the short round. All three were bucked off in the short round, with Schuelke’s 73 in the long round winning him the average. He moves into an overall first place in bull riding in the Central Rocky Mountain Region Standings of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

CJ Davidson was one of the other two to make the short round with his 69 point ride. After he was bucked off at the whistle in the short go, he placed second in both the long round and average, behind Schuelke. Davidson is tied for third and fourth place in the region.

The two earned a combined 220 team points at CSU, leaving the SC men behind Eastern Wyoming College, The University of Wyoming and Casper College, respectively. On the season, the men sit in fifth place in CRMR standings with 1955 team points.

Zeke Thurston, who entered the weekend as the top saddle bronc rider in the region, rode a third place 70 in the first round but after missing his short round ride he finished eighth in the average.
In team roping, Thurston and Laine Hanson took sixth in the average.

Shane Stevens split fifth and sixth in the bareback long round with his 71. He rode a 70 in the short round for a sixth place finish. Tate Schwagler was eighth in the long round and 10th in the average.

Steer wrestler Logan Schaper won the long round with a 4.3 second time for his first college win. Four out of the 10 steer wrestlers scored in the short round; Schaper missed his steer, taking fifth in the average.

For the women, Laine Hanson had the fifth best breakaway calf roping time at 3.3 seconds in the long round. With 88 entries in the breakaway roping competition, there was just nine-tenths of a second between first place and 10th place. Hanson missed her calf in the short round.

Cady Halverson was ninth in the barrel racing average.

Sheridan College will travel to Torrington for a rodeo at host Eastern Wyoming College this weekend.

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