College Rodeo Season under Way

—Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 09/24/2012 Chaney Latham won round two of the breakaway roping in Colby and finished fourth in the aggregate scoring in that event.—Dale Hirschman photoChaney Latham won round two of the breakaway roping in Colby and finished fourth in the aggregate scoring in that event.—Dale Hirschman photo Colby, Kan.—Over the weekend, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team loaded up and headed down the highway to Colby, Kansas for the first fall rodeo of the 2012-2013 collegiate rodeo season.

There are many new faces on the roster this year, as well as quite a few familiar ones that are proud to be wearing the colors of the red, white, and blue. With many qualifying in the championship round, the distinctive OPSU vests dotted the arena during the championship round on Sunday afternoon.

In the saddle bronc riding, six of the top ten cowboys of the weekend represented OPSU. Senior Whit Peterson ended up taking second place overall with a score of 71 in the first round and 73 in the short round. He also qualified for the short round in the team roping with Tyler Moore. Preston Kafka finished third in the first round with a nice score of 75, but was unable to get his second horse covered. Allen Boore and Kole Wynia also made it back to the short round. Allen had a shot for the top spot coming into the short round with a 73, but he had some tough luck in the final round. Joe Harper along with teammate Shade Etbauer followed closely behind Peterson to finish in the third and fourth spots, respectively.

Jed Wilson made it back in the bareback riding with a score of 68, but unfortunately didn't have any luck in the short round. In the bull riding, a lone OPSU cowboy, Jeff Bertus, rode his first bull to qualify for the short round. Only seven cowboys were able to get their first bull covered, and the bulls won on championship Sunday, 7 to 0.

At the timed event end of the arena, three cowboys made it back to the short round in the tie-down roping. Two freshmen went into the short round at the top spots as Clay Elliot tied a blazing 8.3 seconds in to split the money for first in round one, and Caleb Bullock tied one down in 8.6 for a second place finish in the first round. Neither cowboy had luck in the final round, but Shade Etbauer was able to get two tied. The freshman got the first one with a time of 9.6, and posted a 10.9 in the short round to secure fifth place overall.

In the women's events, Libbie Meier won the first round of the breakaway roping with a smoking run of 2.5 seconds. She and three other teammates competed in the championship round. Freshman Alex Micek qualified with a good time of 3.3 followed closely behind by her teammate Shelbie Weeder who ran a 3.4 in the first round, but both ladies had some tough luck in the short round. Chaney Latham roped her first calf in 3.7 and won the short round with a fast catch of 2.6 to finish fourth in the average. Meier was able to get another one caught in the short round, a little long at 4.5, but she still ended up fifth overall.

Two women made it back to the short round in the goat tying. Alexis Christen made a solid 8.0 run in the first round, but her goat came untied in the final round, and with a quick time of 7.8 in the first round and an 8.7 in the short round, Chaney Latham split third and fourth place overall.

The next stop for the OPSU rodeo team will be in Durant, Oklahoma, Oct. 4-6. For up-to-date information, check out the rodeo team's Facebook page, and for a full schedule and results visit

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