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SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College rodeo team continued its strong start to the fall season as they prepare for their host rodeo this weekend.
In its lone home competition of the year, the SC rodeo team will host the Pat Hamilton Memorial Rodeo Friday through Sunday at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.
Over the weekend at the Chadron State Rodeo, the SC men finished fourth, with the women finishing fifth.
The men are currently third in Central Rocky Mountain Region standings behind Gillette and Casper colleges. Casper won the Chadron Rodeo.
“We are very happy with the hard work the rodeo team members are putting forth, it is showing in their results,” head coach Marc Gilkerson said.
Sophomore Zeke Thurston paced the Generals as he won the saddle bronc competition for the second straight weekend.
Thurston rode a 73 in the long round, and his short-round 73 gave him a split of first and second, winning him the average.
Taygen Scheulke stayed in second place in the saddle bronc standings after two weeks. His 75 in the long round earned him a short round ride where he took a re-ride for a 53 on a “hard to ride horse,” Gilkerson explained.
He split third and fourth in the average.
Dillon Barkshire (sixth in the region) split third and fourth in the long round, riding a 71. He placed fifth in the average after being bucked off in the short round.
Jayne Lauweryssen placed sixth in goat tying after her 7.2 second run.
Annie Novotny reached the short round in two events, barrel racing and breakaway roping. She rode a 17.03 in the long round barrels, and roped a 3.2 in the breakaway.
Thurston and his team roping partner Jayne Lauweryssen were eighth in the average. He also took 10th in the long round of the tie down roping and sits in 10th in region standings.
Gilkerson said a number of athletes competed well, just missing the short round. Teddi Schwagler was 11th in the goat tying, missing by a 10th of a second. She and her brother Tate Schwagler had an 8.8 second team roping run.
Cashlee Cunningham and her team roping partner Cash Hetzel roped their steer in 9.5 seconds.
Rodeo performances are set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the short round scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday at the Fairgrounds.