Ranger cowgirls win home event, Kimzey all-around winner

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Ranger cowgirls win home event, Kimzey all-around winner

Karly Benzie, junior from Bayfield, Colo., team ropes with Jessie Suazo of Oklahoma Panhandle State University. The cowgirl team posted a time of 13.0 seconds and was one of only two teams to score during Friday night’s performance.ALVA, Okla. (11-8-11) – The cowgirls of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team had a successful weekend at home in the Ranger Rodeo as the women retained the events title after the final performance on Saturday evening.

Among the Ranger cowgirls was Dusta Kimzey, the winner of the women’s All-Around with 135 points.

Northwestern picked up 325 points in route to the women’s team title, finishing ahead of Western Oklahoma State with 145, followed by Southwestern Oklahoma State, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Garden City Community College.

On the men’s side, the cowboys picked up a sixth place finish with 220 points. Fort Scott Community College road home with the victory, followed by Panhandle State, Dodge City Community College, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M finished just ahead of Northwestern to round out the top five.

In breakaway roping, Jessica Koppitz finished second, just ahead of her teammate Kimzey with 5.2 and 5.4 respectively. Kimzey added a time of 13.3 in goat tying, while Trisha Price was second in the event at 12.5.

Kelsey Fanning and Alexis Allen competed in barrel racing, finishing in a tie for fifth place at 29.88.

On the men’s side, Bradley Bullock picked up a sixth place finish in tie down roping with 9.2.

Cowboys Kyle Irwin and Jacob Williams also recorded top ten finishes in steer wrestling. Irwin added a time of 10.7 while Williams finished with 11.3.

Men’s team roping was a successful event for Northwestern. Travis Cowan, Ethan McDowell and Brice Buzzard were all top finishers as headers, while top finishers as heelers were Tanner Braden, Jade Nelson, Dustin Searcy and Austin Rogers.

After the successful event in Alva, the two rodeo squads will take a couple month break from competition as they have wrapped up their fall schedule. They will take to arena on the weekend of Feb. 17 as they will take part in the Kansas State rodeo.