Staying in the Thick of Things

Submitted by OPSU Rodeo Team on 03/10/2014 Randi Buchanan made the short round in the barrel racing at the Fort Scott Community College Rodeo held March 7-9. –Photo by Dale HirschmanRandi Buchanan made the short round in the barrel racing at the Fort Scott Community College Rodeo held March 7-9. –Photo by Dale Hirschman Fort Scott, Kan. – After traveling over 800 miles, the cowboys and cowgirls of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team competed unfailingly at the Fort Scott Community College Rodeo held March 7-9. The team posted another consistent performance with the men's side finishing fourth while the women placed seventh overall.

In the saddle bronc riding, Nat Stratton gets better with every nod of his head. The Florida-native has excelled this spring and Fort Scott was no exception. Stratton was perfect for the weekend, winning the long round, short go and the average title. His 80-point ride Sunday afternoon was nothing less than textbook. He was followed by teammate Joe Harper in fourth place for the weekend. Preston Kafka and Clay Elliott also qualified for the short round.

Logan Glendy continued his dominance in the bareback riding as well. After winning the long round with a 75-point ride, Glendy stayed aboard a tough short go horse to finish second in the average. Wesley Cole also grabbed points in the short round where he placed fourth.

With rank livestock at the bucking chute end of the arena, only three cowboys were able to make the eight-second whistle in the long round of the bull riding. Two of the three hailed from OPSU; moreover both of those cowboys shared more than the red and blue vests. Josh Frost placed second overall with big brother Joe Frost in third.

At the roping boxes, Caleb Bullock continues to accumulate points in the tie down roping. The sophomore cowboy climbed from ninth place in the long round to split fourth and fifth place in the average with his teammate Josh Frost. Josh Frost snatched enough points in tie down roping and the bull riding to claim the all-around title for the weekend as well. Frank Stump also qualified for the short go in the tie down roping, but experienced difficulty Sunday afternoon.

For the ladies of Panhandle State Rodeo, senior Kashly Schweer led the team with a solid performance in the breakaway roping. After qualifying for the short round in the last slot, Schweer was able to climb into fourth place for Sunday's performance and fourth place in the average. She was joined by Kashli Arfsten and Libbie Meier.

Randi Buchanan also slid into the short go in the barrel racing. However, she experienced trouble in the small arena on Sunday.

With spring break approaching, the rodeo team will finally have a rest from their hectic schedule. They will use the remainder of March to spend time in the practice pen before beginning the second half of the spring semester. The rodeo action will resume April 3-5 in Durant, Okla. and conclude with the OPSU Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo April 27-29 in Guymon.


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