SHERIDAN — Zeke Thurston led the men’s Sheridan College rodeo team over the weekend, earning 165 team points at the Casper College Rodeo.
Thurston and his team roping partner Jayne Lauweryssen roped their steer in 8.9 seconds in the long round, qualifying for the short round in eighth place. Lauweryssen missed in the short round.
Breaking in broncs is just what Thurston does best. He scored 66 points in saddle bronc riding in the long round, splitting second and third.
Thurston then topped the short round with a score of 74, winning the average.
Along with Thurston, Tayte Clark helped set the tone for the team.
“Tayte had a really nice ride in the bronc riding,” head coach Marc Gilkerson said.
Clark won the long round with a score of 72 points. He scored 60 points in the long round for bareback riding, but did not quite make the eight-seconds in the short round.
Clark ended up with 60 team points for the weekend.
Sheridan native Devan Reilly, who is on the Gillette College rodeo team, won the bareback event with 154 points.
SC’s Logan Schaper tied his calf in a time of 10.8 seconds in the long round. This qualified him for the short round where he placed fourth in the average with a 12.5-second time.
Cash Hetzel and his team roping partner Cashlee Cunningham roped a 9.3-second time in the long round.
In the short round they had a 6.8-second time, placing first in the round which put them third in the average.
“Lauweryssen and Cunningham did well in the team roping with their partners,” Gilkerson said.
Lauweryssen placed fourth in the long round for breakaway roping with a 2.8-second time. In the short go she had a time of 4.1 seconds splitting fifth and sixth in the average.
Cassidy Mutchler, Shelby Newman and Allie Novotny all had 16-second runs in barrel racing placing in the top 20.
Northeastern Junior College won the rodeo with 650 points. Casper finished second with 530 points and Gillette was third with 360. Sheridan finished fourth with 255 points.
Sheridan’s rodeo team wraps up the Central Rocky Mountain Region season this weekend in Laramie at the Laramie River Rendezvous.
“We have one rodeo left and have some athletes who have a great chance to qualify for the college national final rodeo,” Gilkerson said.
Taygen Schuelke is sitting third in the region in bull riding and fourth in bronc riding.
“With a good weekend in Laramie, he has a chance to qualify in two events,” Gilkerson said.
Thurston trails Gillette’s Jade Blackwell by 10 points, sitting second in the region standings in bronc riding.
“Thurston has a great chance to move up in the number one spot next weekend,” Gilkerson said. “Both men’s and women’s teams have had great seasons. We are looking to finish out the season strong next weekend.”