Men's Rodeo Team Second; Frost Earns All-Around—Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 10/07/2012 Durant, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo team traveled to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant this past weekend for the second rodeo of the season. The long haul proved to be a positive step for the men's team as they secured second place overall, despite 40 degree weather and the always-tough competition in the Central Plains Region. Joe Frost claimed the top all-around spot as well, qualifying for the championship round and placing second in both steer wrestling and bull riding.
Bareback riders Jacob Willems, Jed Wilson, and Ty Pellam all covered their broncs in the first round and competed in the short round Saturday night. Wilson and Pellam ended up seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the saddle bronc riding, the colors of OPSU filled the chutes with seven of the ten cowboys in the short round riding for the team. Joe Harper grabbed first place with a score of 75 in the short go, the second highest marked ride of the weekend couple with a 74 in the first round. Teammates Allen Boore, Jake Watson, Preston Kafka, and Whit Peterson finished with fourth through eighth place positions in that order overall. Clay Elliott and Caleb Nichols also managed to ride their horses, but didn't earn enough points to place.
Joe Frost flew solo in both the steer wrestling and bull riding. He captured the highest marked ride of the weekend on his short go bull with an 80 point score, and covered his first bull with a 72 to secure second place overall. With two consistent runs of 5.6 seconds in the long round as well as the final round, he grabbed second in the steer wrestling also. These top place finishes boosted him to win the all-around competition.
Freshmen Caleb Bullock and Shade Etbauer made their presence known in the tie down roping. Etbauer went into the short round in third place with a 10.0, while Bullock followed close behind separated by only four hundredths of a second. Both had some tough luck in the short round, but were still able to ride away with some points.
In the women's events, Samantha Foos made it back to the short round in the goat tying, and with a 3.0 on her first calf, Alex Micek competed in the final round of the breakaway roping.
There are many more miles to go, and the hard work and effort that this young team displays proves that they have plenty of potential. Coach Latham stated, "I like the effort and improvement I've seen from the kids so far."
Pratt Community College hosts the upcoming rodeo this weekend, October 12 -14. For up-to-date information on the season, check out www.collegerodeo.com, www.opsu.edu, or find us at Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo on Facebook.