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Laura Dahl, Director
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OPSU President Dave Bryant, left, poses with
Brandi Guttormsom and Rodeo Coach Craig Latham. She
won the All-Around Cowgirl title and led the
women's team at the Kansas State University rodeo
this past weekend. - Campus Communications photo

**For Immediate Release**
Women Kick Off Season with a Win at Kansas State
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-27-2006
by Laura Dahl

Goodwell, Okla. - The men and women of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team traveled to Kansas State University at Manhattan over the weekend for the first Central Plains Region spring rodeo in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Brandi Guttormson brought home the all-around cowgirl title and led the team to a first place finish with her performances in the breakaway roping and goat tying.

Guttormson smoked the competition in the breakaway with a one/two split in the long go and a first in the short go. Her first place in the average was only .10 seconds ahead of second place. In the goat tying, Guttormson split third and fourth in the first round, won second in the short go and came in second in the average. Adding to the team points, Chancy Harrington split fifth and sixth in the long go of the goats, won third in the short go and fourth in the average. Kelly Koeppen also made the short round of the goat tying.

On the men’s side, OPSU’s Winston Kusler won the first round of the bull riding with an 82 point ride, bucked off before the buzzer in the short go, but still won third in the average as only two cowboys had qualified rides in the short round. Also in the bull riding, Taos Muncy split fourth and fifth in the long round and fifth and sixth in the average, and Chance Murphy also made the short round.

The saddle bronc tradition remains strong as five OPSU cowboys made it to the short round. Weston Ireland took second in the short go and ended up fourth in the average, while Will Payne came in sixth in the average. Dependable Trell Etbauer was sixth in the first round, fourth in the short round and took fifth in the average. Jordan Furnish also made the short round, and Coach Craig Latham said, “Jordan had one of the best rides going during the short round that I’ve ever seen him make, but he bucked off right at the buzzer.” Logan Hodson also made the short round of the saddle bronc.

Brian Leddy made the short go in the bareback riding and added team points with his performance. Hodson helped the team out with his 3/4 split in the short round, and Jason Mansor also made the short go of the bareback.

The OPSU team boasts the 2006 Co-Champion College National Finals Rodeo Steer Wrestlers, Tyrel Turner and Trell Etbauer. Both made the short round of the bull dogging with Etbauer winning fifth in the average and Turner splitting sixth and seventh in the average.

Etbauer turned in a 9.8-second run in the calf roping, earning a spot in the short go, but had a no-time in the short round of that event. The team roping duo of Jeremy Teague and Clayton Thrall scored a 7.3-second run in the long go, which placed them fifth in that round, but were unable to come up with a time in the short round.

“I’m proud of all of them, and the women’s team did what they needed to do to move up from their fourth place standing in the Central Plains Region. We had plenty of cowboys make the short round, but they just had tough luck,” Latham said. The team competes at Garden City Community College this weekend and plans are well underway for the OPSU’s annual Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo to take place March 30-April 1 in Guymon.




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