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SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College rodeo team resumed competition in Casper over the weekend with a middle of the pack finish.
The SC men’s team was fifth and the women were fourth, competing in their second-to-last event of the year. The Casper rodeo performance marks the best weekend of the spring for the girls team.
Sheridan College sophomore Laine Hanson had a “great weekend,” according to SC rodeo coach Marc Gilkerson.
She split the long round in breakaway roping with a 2.3-second time, missing her second calf but placing fifth in the average. Hanson did enough in the weekend to move up to fourth place in region standings, giving herself an opportunity to qualify for the college finals.
Team ropers Hanson and Zeke Thurston roped their first steer in 8.8 seconds only to miss their second.
Freshman Cady Halverson again qualified for the short go in the barrel racing after her third/fourth place 16.08-second first go. She rode a 16.3-second time in the short go.
“She has been very consistent this spring,” Gilkerson added.
“Overall, it was a great weekend,” he continued. “We look forward to our last rodeo of the season…There is great potential for some of these athletes to qualify for the college finals.
“It is going to come down to the wire. We are confident in their ability and feel that they are prepared.”
The Sheridan College rodeo team will compete in the University of Wyoming rodeo May 3-5.
Shane Stevens scored a 60 on his first ride, following with a 64 in the short-go. Tate Schwagler placed second in the long-round after his stellar 78 point ride, finishing with a 61 in the short-go for fourth in the average.
Dillon Barkshire and Taygen Schuelke both qualified for the short go. Barkshire placed fourth with a 60 on his first ride. He was bucked off in the short-go but managed to secure fifth in the average.
Schuelke rode a 70 on his short-go horse, placing second in the short go and third in the average. He sits in fourth in region standings.
Thurston was bucked off in the long round, but he remains the second-ranked bronc rider in the region.
Teddi Schwagler had a 7.8-second time in both the long round and the short go, placing fifth in the long round and splitting third/fourth in both the short go and in the average.