By COTY RADER
The Northwestern Rodeo Team is near the end of their season with just one round to go until finals. Head rodeo coach Stockton Graves said he believes the team has had a solid season.
“Our strength is that they’re young, but that’s also our weakness,” Graves said.
The team competed last weekend at Fort Hays State University. The women’s team split first and the men’s team got fifth
Kyle Irwin got fourth Men’s All-around, and Lauren Barnes got third Women’s All-around.
Cody Burkholder split third in Saddle Bronc Riding.
Trey Young placed fourth and Clint Kindred got sixth in Tie Down Roping.
Irwin placed third in Steer Wrestling.
Travis Cowan won and Charlie Moore got sixth in Team Roping Header.
Dustin Searcy placed second and Irwin got sixth in Team Roping Heeler.
Alexis Allen placed fifth and Jenna Hampton got sixth in Barrel Racing.
Karly Benzie won, Jacey Jandreau got eighth and Barnes got ninth in Breakaway Roping.
Barnes split second in Goat Tying.
Graves said he is especially pleased with the efforts of Searcy, Irwin, Burkholder, McDowell, Barnes and Howell who have put themselves in positions to make finals.
“It’s been a good semester, it’s been fun and we’ve accomplished a lot,” Graves said, “We’ll be losing the experience of our veteran players and the juniors will have to step up.”
The next rodeo will be at Panhandle State University April 26-28. The final rodeo of the season will be the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. June 12-18 for those who have enough points to qualify.
“I’m pleased with the season, especially in spite of what they’ve been through. They’ve overcome adversity and met some high expectations,” Graves said.