The Black Hills State University men’s and women’s rodeo teams competed for the first time this fall season at the University of Wisconsin River Falls annual rodeo where the Falcons provided an energetic home crowd to watch the entire Great Plains Region perform on Sept. 13 and 14.
Riders from the Tri-State area around Belle Fourche are on the college team.
The Yellow Jacket women’s team picked up where they left off from the spring as they again turned in a 410-point second place performance – just 10 points shy of first place South Dakota State with 420 points.
The men’s team who return team captain and steer wrestler Sam Olson and tie down roper Wyatt Treeby, who both made the 2013 College National Final Rodeo in June, each helped their team to a fourth-place finish in River Falls after earning 475 total points.
The South Dakota State men also took home first-place as they finished with 655 points.
Head coach, Glen Lammers, was pleased with what he saw from his veterans like Olson and some of new student-athletes.
“We are off to a good start this year. Our experience showed with our upperclassmen and our freshmen and transfer students’ talent was impressive,” Lammers said.
Among some of that talent was an impressive performance by BHSU’s Katie Doll, who won the women’s all-around with a total of 295 points.
Doll won by a margin of 45 points over second-place all-around finisher from South Dakota State, Kaitlyn Latham. Doll’s performance included second in team roping (heeler), third in goat tying, and fifth in breakaway roping.
“Katie Doll is a key player on our women's team. Katie's consistency enabled her to excel in all three of her events this week,” Lammers continued.
The men had two in the top five of the all-around in Olson in second-place (195 points) and returning true sophomore, River Voigt, with a fifth-place finish (140 points). Voigt also took home first-place in team roping header as he finished with a final time of 26.2, with Olson in second (29.9) and Jesse Oliver rounding out the top-three in third with a time of 31.1.
Other standout performances from River Falls was that of true freshman who will look to provide depth on the team on the women’s side is, Katie Leigh Lensegrav – who finished third in breakaway with a 16.2. Lane Rossow turned in a team roping heeler time of 31.1 was good for third-place.
Next rodeo for the Jackets was scheduled for Sept. 20, at Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, Neb.