Northwestern rodeo team successful in Weatherford; Women's team wins, Kile wins all-around title

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Northwestern rodeo team successful in Weatherford; Women's team wins, Kile wins all-around title

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s rodeo team outshined all other schools in attendance at the recent Southwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo in Weatherford, winning the rodeo by 200 points. Karly Kile, Topeka senior, claimed the women’s breakaway title, as well as the weekend’s All-Around Cowgirl title.

In their eighth rodeo of the season, the Ranger Rodeo team, as a whole, did well sending 17 athletes to the championship round on Saturday night. On the men’s side Dustin Searcy, Mooreland senior, won the team roping, healing for his partner Hunter Munsell from Western College.  Grayson Allred, Kanarraville, Utah, freshman, and Shayna Miller, Faith, S.D., junior, both finished second in their respective men’s and women’s All-Around standings.

“The women’s team has been really tough all year,” said Rodeo Coach Stockton Graves. “It has always been a tough battle between the Southwestern women’s team and ours, so to go and beat them by 200 points at their own arena is the best we could hope for.  Our members knew they needed to step it up if they wanted the regional title this year, and they did just that.  A lot of the girls were able to move up in their event rankings as well, and are getting closer to securing their spot for the college finals.”

The Ranger Rodeo Team has two rodeos to go before finding out who will be making it to the College National Finals in Casper, Wyo., June 14-20 – the Fort Hays State Rodeo in Hays, Kan., on April 17-19, and the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo in Guymon on April 23-25.

Other Rangers that qualified for the championship round at Southwestern are:

Tie Down Roping: Dalton Richards, Hawkinsville, Ga., senior, 10.6 first round, 10th-12th, no time in the second round; Maverick Harper, Stephenville, Texas, freshman, 10.6 in the first round, ninth, 10.5 in the second, fifth, sixth in the average.

Breakaway Roping: Kile, 2.7 in the first round, first, 3.4 in the second round, second, first in the average; Miller, 3.1 in the first round, fourth, no time in the second round; Elli Price, Leedey junior, 3.3 in the first round, seventh/eighth, 3.9 in the second round, fourth, third-fifth in the average; Sage Allen, Alva freshman, 2.9 in the first round, no time in the second round.

Goat Tying: Kile, 8.3 in the first round, fifth, 12.8 in the second round, 10th, ninth in the average; Miller, 8.0 in the first round, third, 8.1 in the second round, first-third, second in the average.

Steer Wrestling: Allred, 7.0 in the first round, fifth/sixth, 8.2 in the second round, fifth, fifth in the average; Jon Laine Herl, Goodland, Kan., junior, 7.1 in the first round, seventh, 10.1 in the second round, eighth, seventh in the average.

Team Roping: Munsell and Searcy, 6.1 in the first round, first, 6.2 in the second round, first, first in the average; Mike McGinn, Haines, Ore., junior, and Stephen Culling, Fort Saint John, British Columbia, senior, 6.5 in the first round, third, no time in the second round; Johnathan Nixon, Fort Worth, Texas, freshman, 7.4 in the first round, sixth, 22.6 in the second round, fifth, fifth in the average; Robert Olsen, Coldwater, Kan., sophomore, 8.3 in the first round, eighth/ninth, no time in the second round.  

Barrel Racing: Kelsey Cloud, Elk City freshman, 17.70 in the first round, second, 17.65 in the second round, third, second in the average; Kelsey Harper, Freedom junior, 17.77 in the first round, seventh, 28.09 in the second round, 10th, 10th in the average; Sara Bynum, Beggs freshman, 17.7 in the first round, fourth/fifth, 27.52 in the second round, eighth, eighth in the average.

For more information about the Northwestern Rodeo team, contact Graves at slgraves@nwosu.edu or a (580) 327-8688.

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