Carla Olstad blazed her way to first-place honors again this weekend in the goat tying. Olstad has been a force to be reckoned with this year, and the Hays rodeo proved to be no different. Though she didn’t finish the first round in first place, she did, however, tie her last goat in 8.1 seconds, the fastest time of the weekend. Her combined total of 16.7 seconds tied Olstad for first-place overall.
Katelan Watt also had another good weekend in the goat tying. Watt has been slowly making her way up the standings this spring, but has struggled in the short-rounds. However, this weekend, she overcame her slump and made two super runs. She placed in both of the rounds with times of 8.4 and 8.8 seconds respectively. As well, she tied for third place in the average.
Micah Samples and Tara Timms found themselves as two of the top ten finishers after the first round of barrel racing was completed. Though Timms wasn’t able to earn any points last weekend with her times of 15.66 and 15.98, Samples finished fifth in the first round and fifth in the average with times of 15.63 and 15.71.
Callie Gray was Western’s representative in the short-round of the breakaway roping, having qualified in sixth place with her 3.7 second run. However, she took a no-time in the short-round when she didn’t catch her calf.
The sixth woman to qualify for the short round was sophomore, Jesse Johnson. Very rarely does a woman take first place honors in the team roping, it being a male dominated event. Therefore, Johnson’s team roping win at the Ft. Hays University rodeo was an exciting one! Johnson won second in the first round of team roping with her partner Rhyder Nelson, who attends Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Another second place finish in the short-round ensured Johnson and Nelson the team roping championship for the weekend.
Several other WOSC team ropers also faired well last weekend. Travis Smith and partner, Tanner Riggin squeaked into the short-round with an 8.0 second run in the first round of competition. Their second time of 7.3 seconds placed them first in the short-round and subsequently fifth overall. As well, Andrew Ward, last years Regional Champion, placed third in the first round; third in the second round; and tied for second overall with his partner Ryan VonAhn.
Besides the team roping event, WOSC had a fairly decent showing in the remaining men’s events, too. In the steer wrestling, Billy Boldon placed tenth in the first round with a time of 6.4 seconds. Though he was a long 8.1 seconds in the short-round, he still earned points for placing sixth in the round.
Jerrett Nash has been a regular in the short-round of the bull riding this spring, and last weekend was no exception. His 73 point ride in the first round earned him first place honors. Coincidentally, that ride also earned him the overall win, as there was not a single qualified round in the short-round.
The last man to qualify for the short-round, was Rhett Ridling in the calf roping. He qualified in ninth place in the first round, but failed to catch his calf in the short-round.
The Western rodeo team will travel to Guymon this weekend. The Panhandle State University rodeo is the only rodeo that remains to determine the College National Finals Rodeo qualifiers for 2011.