SHERIDAN—Sheridan College’s Zeke Thurston and Taygen Schuelke got off to fast starts at the College National Finals Rodeo taking place this week in Casper.
Thurston sat in first place after one go-around in saddle bronc riding, besting his competition with a score of 81. Schuelke added to the Generals team score with a 77.5 on his first go-around.
Although Thurston’s second round score of 71.5 tied him for 13th, his two-day average of 152.5 was good enough to put him in third before the final round.
Schuelke’s second round score of 75.5 was more consistent with his first day score, and his average of 153 was good enough to put him in second after two rounds.
Feather River College’s Telden McLain has the two-round lead, scoring 154.5 points before the final round.
Schuelke continued his hot start in bull riding, as he added to his first round score of 79 with an 80.5 on day two, giving him a 159.5 average after two rounds, enough to put him in first place before his final round.
Devan Reilly, of Sheridan, has also recorded impressive scores this week. Reilly is representing Gillette College in bareback riding at the CNFR.
After his score of 77.5 was good enough for fourth place after one go-around, Reilly followed-up with a 74.5 in round two. His total of 152 puts him in sixth place and trailing the leader by eight points before his final go-around.
In the men’s all-around, Schuelke’s success in both events was enough to put him in first place, with a total of 135 points between his two events.
Sheridan College sat in third place in the team scoring through the first two days, finishing with 290 points. Tarleton State University (Texas) is in second place with 330 points, and the University of Tennessee-Martin sits atop the leaderboard with a two-day score of 410.
The College National Finals Rodeo will continue through Saturday.