**For Immediate Release**
Aggies on Fire in Garden City
- Released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-04-2008
By Whitney Harding
Garden City, Kansas -- Garden City turned into Rodeo City this past weekend as the OPSU rodeo team made the short trip up to Kansas for the annual collegiate rodeo at the Finney County Fair Grounds. The men were on fire once again as they continued their winning streak in the team race, while the women just began to heat things up, coming in third place from a team standpoint.
The weekend started out grey and cloudy, but the obvious talent of the men shone through as they racked up the points in each event. Karlon Knudson started the team off in the bareback riding, earning a 68 point score, which placed him fourth in the long round. In the short round, a better draw gave Karlon a chance to let his feet fly as he spurred his way to a 76 point ride and a second place finish in the average.
As the action moved from one end of the arena to the other, the calf ropers took over and Seth Schaffer was there to do business. A 10.2 second run in the long go ensured the Wyoming cowboy an invitation back to the short round on Sunday afternoon. But business wasn’t over for Mr. Schaffer. It was back to the bucking chutes for the saddle bronc riding, where Schaffer and fellow teammates Tyrel Larsen, Townsend Prince, Trell Etbauer, Ryan Bestol and Robin McGilvray competed for glory. After these six men made the eight second whistle on the less than stellar horses, it was back to the short round for more action. Larsen wound up first in the average, Schaffer second, Townsend third, McGilvray fourth, Bestol fifth and Etbauer sixth.
After Etbauer covered his horse in the long round of the saddle bronc competition, he headed back to the boxes to compete in the steer wrestling event. With a run of 6.2 seconds in the long go and 4.6 seconds in the short, Trell was able to sew up first place in the average. On to the team roping, where the lone team to return to the short go was Colorado’s Jesse Sciacca and Iowa’s own Daniel Martin. The boys first run stopped the clock at eight seconds flat, while their short round performance fell slightly short.
While the men were busy doing what they do best, the women of OPSU weren’t slacking either. The Magnificent Muncy struck again . . . and we don’t mean her older brother Taos; Jordan Muncy was hot in the goat tying where she turned in the only time of the weekend under seven seconds. Both she and Becky White could be seen in the short round performance of Garden City’s rodeo. Becky’s consistency paid off over the weekend, as she turned in times of 7.4 and 7.5 seconds giving her third place for the aggregate. Jordan’s short go performance of 7.7 seconds along with her first run of 6.8 seconds earned her the average win.
The breakaway roping saw two OPSU girls back to the short round where Krista Johnson and Krista Hawkins both tried to better their times of 3.1 seconds and 3.0 seconds turned in during the long round. Although both women were unable to come up with times in the short round, they’re sure to return to the arena next weekend with winning on their minds.
So, as another weekend winds down and a new week starts, the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo Team looks forward to yet another rodeo weekend on the Kansas/Missouri line. As the team prepares for a long trip this weekend, be sure to show your support for the cowboys and cowgirls, and congratulate them on their continued success.