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Rodeo Has a Good Weekend in Garden City

By Shelbie Weeder on 04/04/2016

Brothers Ben and Nathan Johnsrud of Plains, Kan. captured the title in the team roping at the Garden City Community College Rodeo. —Photo by Dale Hirschman

Brothers Ben and Nathan Johnsrud of Plains, Kan. captured the title in the team roping at the Garden City Community College Rodeo. —Photo by Dale Hirschman

Garden City, Kan. — The Panhandle State University Rodeo Team had a solid weekend at the Garden City Community College Rodeo this past weekend. The men’s team finished in third place and the women’s team finished in seventh place. The Johnsrud brothers and Jake Finlay captured event titles to lead the way for the men’s team.

Junior Ben Johnsrud and freshman Nathan Johnsrud of Plains, Kan. captured the title in the team roping. The duo was 11.3 seconds on two head to capture the win. They were joined in the team roping by seniors Caleb Bullock and Shade Etbauer. Bullock and Etbauer were 7.0 seconds in the long round. Sophomore Jake Finlay spurred his way to the top by riding two horses for 151 points. Finlay was 77 points in the short round to win the round. The Australian native was joined in the classic event by freshmen Taylor Tupper and Dylan Riggins. Both Tupper and Riggins covered their first horse and failed to make the eight second whistle in the short round. Riggins also made the short round in the bareback riding where he covered two horses for 129 points. Riggins was joined by sophomore Will Martin and senior Logan Patterson. Martin covered two horses for 123 points. Patterson was 70 points in the long round to finish second in the round.

Seniors Caleb Bullock and Shade Etbauer put on a show in the tie-down roping. Etbauer tied the second fastest time of the weekend in the short round and finished second in the average. Etbauer was 17.6 seconds on two head. Etbauer was followed closely behind by Bullock who tied two calves down in 19.0 seconds to finish in third place. Freshman Luke Meier also made the short round in the tie-down roping. Meier was 10.1 seconds in the long round. Sophomore Callum Miller marked the highest marked ride of the weekend with a score of 80 points in the bull riding. Miller drew a tough bull in the short round and came down early.

On the women’s side senior Kaylee Burnett tied her way into the short round. Burnett was the lone Aggie in the goat tying. Burnett was 6.9 seconds in the long round and finished 15.8 seconds on two head. Senior Chaylie Hulme made the short round in the breakaway roping by stopping the clock in 3.1 seconds. Hulme had some tough luck in the short round and took a no time.

The Aggies will hit the road again this weekend as they travel to Weatherford, Okla. April 7-9.

Courtesy of OPSU, Wrangler Network contributor