Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Four Aggies Finish in Top Ten in the Nation By Laura Nelson on 06/17/2012 Casper, Wyo.—On Saturday night, the top college student athletes in the nation competed for titles in the championship round of the 2012 College National Finals Rodeo, and all four student athletes representing Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. who qualified for the short round left the arena in the top ten in the aggregate scoring.
In her third year at CNFR, Kaylee Moyer was named the women's reserve All-Around champion. She also earned fourth place nationally in breakaway roping. Even though she broke the barrier in round one, posting a 13.3 second run, she went on to earn 3.8 in round two and a blistering 2.6 in round three to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the go. Saturday, she had a 3.4 second time and tied for third in the round. She also qualified for CNFR in goat tying and earned points towards the All-Around in that event, but did not make the final round. The senior from Simla, Colo. posted 6.8 second runs in rounds one and three and a no-time in round two when her goat came untied.
Weston Taylor's consistency in the steer wrestling got him into the final round Saturday as he had 5.9 seconds in go one, 6.4 in go 2, and 5.5 in go 3 for a combined time of 17.80 seconds at his second CNFR. Even though he came up empty-handed in round four, the senior from Perryton, Texas left Casper with ninth place in the aggregate scoring.
The rough stock at the CNFR always provides cowboys with a challenge as bull rider Wyatt Gregg discovered in his first trip to Casper. The senior won second place in round one with an 82-point ride, but did not make a qualified ride the rest of the week. The Highmore, S.D. native was one of five in the top twelve in the final round who only had one score, proving just how difficult the bull riding is. His bad luck continued Saturday night as he did not make the buzzer, but that one ride was still good enough to earn him ninth place in the combined scoring.
Another first time CNFR competitor, saddle bronc rider Justin Hegwer drew Painted Valley, a horse from Harry Vold that has his own Twitter and Facebook accounts. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo horse was anything but social Saturday night as he tossed Hegwer, resulting in no score. Justin, from Rifle, Colo., recently graduated with a degree in industrial technology and ended his college rodeo career with tenth place overall.
OPSU graduate Tyrel Larsen, now a graduate assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ., completed his fifth and final year in college rodeo as the 2012 saddle bronc riding champion, finishing the week with 301 points on four head.
Rounding out the OPSU contestants, Allen Boore, a junior, tied for fifth in the first round of saddle bronc riding and won third in the second round, but his no score in the third round left him just out of the championship round. Freshman Joe Frost now how his first CNFR under his belt with two qualified rides in the bareback riding and one in bull riding. Sophomore bareback rider Josh Griggs suffered an injury in round one and while he could not compete the rest of the week, he looks forward to returning to rodeo in the fall semester.
The 2012-2013 Central Plains Region college rodeo season begins in September and the OPSU cowboys and cowgirls will be ready to start work on another winning season!