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Men’s rodeo team ends fall season on a high

Chelsea Blake

Chelsea Blake

Hagen Hunsaker, Sports Editor

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NWC rodeo team started the fall season with the Trapper Stampede. The men’s team finished 4th on night one, with 180 points, the women finished out of the five. Night two, the Trapper men finished 2nd with 563.50 points.

Trapper Rodeo followed up a slow weekend of performances with a big win in Helena, Montana.

NWC’s Bubba Boots won the men’s all-around with 385 points. Boots won the tie down roping with a time of 21.3 and finished steer wrestling in 3rd place with a time of 12.7.

Boots with the help team roping partner Matt Williams finished 3rd with a time of 22.1.

The men’s team won the team competition with a score of 715, beating Montana State by two hundred points.

Sierra Lyons finished 4th in the goat tying event with a score of 17.8. Lyons and the rest of the women’s team finished 5th with a team score of 78.33.

Trapper Rodeo headed to the University of Montana Western for the last rodeo in the fall season.

NWC’s team roping duo Weston Mann and Emilio Reyna finished 2nd, while Boots was 3rd in steer wrestling. Mann also finished 5th in saddle bronc which led to him placing 3rd in the men’s all-around.

In tie down roping, NWC freshman Caleb McMillan tied for 4th with Zane Marcenko of Montana State Northern.

Fellow Trapper Orrin Ouska finished 4th in bareback riding, in front of former NWC team member Jesse Nelson who now rodeos at Montana State.

The women’s team finished out of the top five in the team competition, while the men’s team finished 3rd.

In the Big Sky Region standings NWC Men’s team is ranked 3rd, with 1,949 points, women’s team is 7th with 78.33 points.

In the national standings NWC men’s team is ranked 5th.

Boots is ranked 1st in the regional men’s all-around with 730.50 points and 2nd in the national standing, behind Brodi Jones from Weber State with 850 points.

Boots is also ranked 8th regionally in the tie down roping and 6th nationally in the steer wrestling event. Boots may be on his way to another chance to compete at the College National Finals.

Team roping partners Reyna and Mann are ranked 7th nationally, followed by Boots and Williams in the 9th position.

McMillan is 17th in the national standings with 196 points in bull riding.

Trapper Rodeo finished the fall rodeos in great position. The teams are done competing until the spring rodeo season starts.

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