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Rachael Calvo, a University of Wyoming sophomore from Bassett, NE, rode her 13-year-old sale barn horse “Stella” to a Central Rocky Mountain Region barrel racing title and a Central Rocky Mountain Region team title.
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Rachael Calvo, a University of Wyoming sophomore from Bassett, NE, rode her 13-year-old sale barn horse “Stella” to a Central Rocky Mountain Region barrel racing title and a Central Rocky Mountain Region team title.

First time in 13 years for tandem UW rodeo team regional titles


Universityof Wyoming & News Staff - April 30, 2019

LARAMIE, WY – For the first time in 13 years, both the University of Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls rodeo teams won regional titles that set them on course to compete at the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper, June 9-15, 2019.

Wrapping up the college rodeo season at the 70th annual Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo in Laramie this past weekend, UW rodeo athletes – as part of the Central Rocky Mountain Region – were the runaway winners, totaling 5,021.7 points over the region’s 10 rodeos. Casper College finished with 3,813.3 points, followed by Gillette College (3,586.7), Laramie County Community College (3,548.3), two-time defending regional champ Sheridan College (3,520) and Chadron State College (3,295).

In rolling to the Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days team title, the Cowboys received production from all members of the points team, with two individual event winners and two runners-up.

Seth Peterson, the region’s all-around points leader, won the tie down roping event, placing third and second in both rounds to take the average. The Minot, N.D., junior also added 20 points in steer wrestling, giving him 170 individual points toward the team’s output.

Nathrop, Colo., junior Jase Staudt returned to the winning side when he won the short go of team roping with UW partner Dusty Taylor, from Craig, Colo. The pair’s fifth-best time in the opening round was good enough to give them the average.

UW’s team ropers continued to dominate the event.

UW partners Caden Camp, a freshman from Belgrade, Mont., and Mesa, Ariz., senior JC Flake combined to score 210 team points by placing second to the Staudt/Taylor tandem.

And the third UW team roper, Lusk junior Denton Shaw, added 110 points by placing third in the average with partner Cooper White, from Gillette College.

In all, UW team ropers accounted for 470 points of the Cowboys’ team total. The final 25 UW team points came from Helena, Mont., junior Ty Everson with 25 points. He placed sixth in the tie down roping average.

Just like their male counterparts, the UW Cowgirls also had all points team members score over the weekend when the four-member contingent scored in all three women’s events.

Sophomore Rachael Calvo, from Bassett, Neb., rang up 140 points in barrel racing to maintain her regional lead by placing second in the average.

Teammates Teisha Coffield, a Yuma, Colo., senior, and junior Justene Hirsig, of Cheyenne, added 150 points in breakaway roping. Coffield, the regional leader in the event, was third in the average, while Hirsig was one position back.

The final 75 team points came from Interior, S.D., sophomore Kelsey Lensegrav, who did it all for the Cowgirls over the weekend as the sophomore placed second in breakaway roping and fifth in barrel racing and goat tying.



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