SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College rodeo team started the season strong at the Central Wyoming College rodeo over the weekend.
Head coach Marc Gilkerson said it was a muddy few days in Riverton.
The men finished in third behind Casper and Gillette, while the women were fourth — just 25 points behind Northeastern Junior College.
“I am very happy with the way everyone competed this weekend and excited for the rest of the year,” Gilkerson said. “We have a very talented group of young men and women.”
Sophomore Teddi Schwagler led the Lady Generals to a fourth-place finish, he said, winning the goat-tying average. She was second with a 9.0 in the long round and had a 9.1 for second in the short round. Schwagler totaled 160 team points.
Two-sport Lady General Shai Schaefer (Torrington, also on the volleyball team) made it to the short round as well after her 10.3. Her 10.6-second short round time left her in seventh overall.
“I was happy with her performance considering she is coming off of a knee injury,” Gilkerson said.
Jayne Lauweryessen missed the short round by five-tenths of a second and in the breakaway roping by one-tenth of a second, Gilkerson said.
For the SC men, Gilkerson explained that sophomore Zeke Thurston returned strong as he won the short round in saddle bronc riding after his 65.
He won the first round with an 82 and the average which gave SC 180 team points.
Taygen Schuelke, also a returning cowboy for SC, placed second in the long round, 76, and split 2nd-5th in the short round with a 64-point ride.
He was second in the average, taking 125 points for the Generals.Freshman Tayte Clark reached the short round in saddle bronc after a 58-point ride, “but drew a rank bronc in the short round and was bucked off,” Gilkerson said.
Dillon Barkshire also made the short round after his 55, and was bucked off.
In bareback riding, Tate Schwagler used a 65-point ride to reach the short round where he rode a 73, finishing second in the round and in the average.
He took 90 team points from his performance.
The team will compete in Chadron this weekend before returning to Sheridan for their host rodeo Sept. 27-29, the Pat Hamilton Memorial Rodeo.