Apr 13, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College's cowboys took on the competition in Fort Collins, while the high school riders and ropers were in Laramie.
Over the weekend, the cowboys and cowgirls of Central Wyoming College traveled across the state line to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a border war of the rough-stock variety, as the orange-and-black wranglers competed at Colorado State University's home event.
On the team side, the Rustler men finished fourth, with 350 points for the weekend, while the women were ninth, posting 10 points.
Kyle Choate and Brady Thurston were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men's all-around, on the strength of strong individual performances.
In saddle bronc, Thurston was sixth with a score of 67, along with second in tie-down roping in 20.5 seconds.
Choate was fourth in steer wrestling (19.7), while Central teammates Daniel Huxtable (18.6) and Teigen Finnerty (18.7) were second through fourth, respectively.
Kyle and Klint Choate were third in team roping with an effort of 14.9.
On the women's side of the competition, former Riverton Lady Wolverine Deni Lou Nicholls rode to a fourth-place result in breakaway roping with a time of 6.6 seconds, while Kassie Kautzman was eighth in goat tying (18.1).
In the season standings, the Rustlers men are fourth overall in the table, with 2,505 points behind leaders Sheridan College at 3,770.
The Lady Rustlers sit 11th with 235 points.
Thurston is third in the men's all-around with 1,025 points, second in steer wrestling (430), fourth in saddle bronc (415) and 15th in tie-down roping (110).
Finnerty is second in steer wrestling (445) and ninth in tie-down roping (160).
Dalton Bergener is fifth in steer wrestling (365), and Daniel Huxtable is 13th (170).
Kyle and Klint Choate are sixth in team roping at 270 points, while Kautzman is sixth in breakaway roping (215).
Among the women, Josee Vogel is 13th in goat tying (133.3).
Next for Central is a rodeo at Casper College on April 21-23.
Local high school wranglers were in Laramie over the weekend, where Lander's Lacy Eckhardt was Saturday's winner in breakaway roping with a time of 2.84 seconds. Riverton's Elsie Campbell was right behind her Fremont County counterpart in third at 3.00.
Hannah Smrekar was ninth in barrel racing at 15.740.
Colter Wise was 10th in team roping at 12.47.
On Sunday, Riverton's Makayla Seely was third in barrel racing (15.684), while Eckhardt was firth (15.704).
Riverton's Smrekar was fourth in goat tying (8.78), and Wise finished sixth in team roping at 6.71, while Pavillion's Kage Vogel was fourth in tie-down roping (12.59).
Next up for the prep cowboys and cowgirls is an April 21-23 rodeo in Rock Springs.
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