Dusty Moore earned the steer wrestling championship in Hays, Kan. over the weekend.—Provided photoDusty Moore earned the steer wrestling championship in Hays, Kan. over the weekend.—Provided photo
**For Immediate Release** Tight Race for Top Spot in Region for Men's Rodeo Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 04/23/2013 Hays, Kan.—Dedication and determination show true through the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo team, and as the 2012-2013 season draws closer to the end, the race for the regional title gets even tighter as it comes down to the final wire.

On the road this past weekend in Hays, Kan., sophomore Dusty Moore secured an event win in the steer wrestling with a time of 5.3 seconds in the first round and 5.6 in the short round to take the average and overall title, boosting the confidence of the men's team down the final stretch.

Mostly a young bunch of talented hands, the OPSU men's team consists of many freshmen and sophomores as well as upper classman skill and knowledge like that of 2012 CNFR qualifier senior Allen Boore. Celebrating his 22nd birthday this weekend, he finished third in the saddle bronc riding with a 73 in the first round and a 71 in the short round. He looks to hold his number one position in the Central Plains Region, and teammates Joe Harper and Jake Watson follow close behind.

Many individuals competed in the windy championship round on Sunday. Along with Boore, Whit Peterson, Joe Harper, Caleb Nichols, and Kole Wynia managed to gather a few points. In the bull riding, Joe Frost and Tanner Bothwell finished fourth and fifth overall. Frost, in the lead for the region in bull riding, wants to maintain his top spot at the last college rodeo for the season this coming weekend in Guymon.

On the timed event end of the arena, along with Dusty Moore, Shade Etbauer gathered a few points in the steer wrestling. In the tie down roping, Tyler Moore and Caleb Bullock competed in the short round. Tyler won the first round with 12.8 seconds. As for the women's events, Callie Schafer, newly appointed Student Director Shelbie Weeder, and Chyanna Black all made it back to the Sunday short go matinee performance. Weeder and Black had tough luck in the final go, but Schafer secured a fourth place finish overall. In the barrel racing, Samantha Wilson also managed to pick up a few points.

Battling back and forth all season long, the OPSU and Ft. Scott men's teams will determine the final tally at a hometown shootout this coming weekend at the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo in Guymon. A close race coming down to the finish line, anticipation and all-out drive for the top spot will put on full display a showcase of the nation's top cowboys and cowgirls in action.

The Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team is in the Central Plains Region which is the largest region in the nation. As top contenders for the title every year, this year proves no different, and the race for the top spot just as tough. "I'm so proud of all of the kids," Coach Latham stated.

With the $20 purchase of a T's for Those in Need shirt, an individual gets a ticket for all three performances of the rodeo while helping a great cause. They are on sale now at the Ropeman Western Store on Main in Guymon. Children 12 and under are free. We hope to see everyone at this year's Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo with performances set for 7 p.m. April 25 and 26 and the championship round beginning at 4 p.m. on April 27. We appreciate all of the community support.