Panhandle Snatches Five Individual Titles Plus Team ChampionshipSubmitted by OPSU Rodeo on 11/04/2013 Alva, Okla. – The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team left no doubt as to why they are the reigning national champions during the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rodeo last weekend. The cowboys in the blue and red vests claimed five individual titles including the bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping and the men's all-around. With such a standout performance, the men's team unquestionably won the team title as well.
It is no surprise that the majority of short round qualifiers in the saddle bronc riding hailed from Panhandle State. Topping the rest of his teammates was Clay Elliott. Elliott was offered a re-ride option in the long round of competition. Making the most of his second horse, Elliott scored 71 points. In the short round, he spurred the highest-point ride of the weekend and walked away the champion. He was followed by Jake Watson in second. Audy Reed, Orin Larsen and Blaze Cress rounded out the top five average places.
Larsen was in rhythm with bucking horses all weekend. In the bareback riding, Larsen paired his 73-point long round ride with the high mark of the weekend, 78 points, in the short round. His combined total was just enough to win the average by merely one point. Logan Glendy also competed solidly. He was fourth.
At the timed event end of the arena, Caleb Bullock proved there are more than just roughstock riders at OPSU. The sophomore standout roper was consistent in both rounds with two 10-second runs. The solid performance landed him in the top spot of the weekend with Trey Young of NWOSU. Jace Felts also qualified for the short round and finished the weekend in sixth. Lucas Philips was sixth in the long round as well.
The Panhandle dominance continued in the team roping with the Remington brothers. The duo of Cole and Cody Remington posted the fasted time of the long round with 6.1 seconds. They stayed steady in the short go with a run of 6.2 seconds. Their total time on two runs made them the weekend champions. They were followed closely by teammates Philips and Connor Stephens. Their run of 5.5 seconds in the short go was the fastest time of the weekend. Bullock and Shade Etbauer finished fifth. Joe and Josh Frost were also situated in the top ten but experienced difficulties Saturday night.
In the steer wrestling, Joe Frost came back from tenth place in the first round to place second overall. He was joined by Wyatt Uptain. Uptain stopped the clock in 4.8 seconds in the first round and placed second. He was fourth in the average for the weekend.
Joe Frost was a busy man Saturday night as he rounded out his evening at the bucking chutes for the bull riding. His 78-point ride was second in the long round. His 80-point mark in the short go tied him for the top spot in the round and second in the average. Jeff Bertus continued his streak of short go qualifications, however failed to make the eight-second whistle Saturday night.
Joe Frost was named the all-around champion for the weekend bringing a new saddle back to Goodwell.
On the women's side, two cowgirls qualified for the short round in the goat tying. Senior Kashly Schweer slipped into the short round in the tenth place slot. Her solid run in the short go moved her to sixth place overall. Mercedes Trenary was eighth.
The long round of barrel racing was held in Cherokee, Okla. Friday morning where Randi Buchanan clocked the quickest run. However, when the event moved into the Alva Dome for the short go, Buchanan experienced trouble.
After such a standout performance at the final fall rodeo, the OPSU Men's Team has taken a commanding lead in the Central Plains Region standings. The rodeo team will have a busy spring schedule with seven rodeos. Until then, the team will have its annual Top Hand Auction in February along with rodeo schools, jackpots and practice.