**For Immediate Release**
Men Tie for First; Hodson Named All-Around
- released by OPSU Campus Communications on 03-05-07
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. – The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Men’s Rodeo team tied for first place at the Garden City Community College Rodeo this past weekend and Logan Hodson brought home the All-Around Cowboy honors.
Hodson took first in the long round of the bull riding, second in the championship round, and second in the aggregate scoring. In the bareback riding, he tied for third in the first round, took third in the short round and placed second in the combined scoring. Hodson scored 285 of the 540 points credited to the men’s team. Brian Leddy also made the short round of the bareback, and Miles Hirsch tied for third in the first round of the bull riding.
OPSU cowboys once again dominated the saddle bronc riding, bringing back six of ten to the championship round. Taos Muncy was back in collegiate competition this week following professional appearances at the San Angelo and Tucson, Ariz. rodeos last weekend. He currently sits second in the world in the saddle bronc. His skill in the event led to first places in the championship round and in the aggregate scoring at Garden City. Shank Stephens took fifth in the long round, tied for fourth in the short round, and scored third in the aggregate, followed by Robin McGilvray with sixth place all across the board. Trell Etbauer won second in the short round and fourth in the combined scoring. Will Payne tied for first in the first round, but bucked off in the short round, and Tyler Olsen also made the short round in that event.
Rounding out the men’s competition, Levi Swafford placed third in the short round of the calf roping and also took third in the aggregate scoring. Jace Bolen also made the championship round of that event.
The women took three breakaway ropers back to the championship rounding including Chancy Harrington, Lexi Honey, and Brandi Guttormson. Harrington brought home a second place tie in the first round, fifth place in the short round, and tied for fourth in the aggregate. Honey tied for fourth in the long go and placed seventh in the short go and the combined scoring. Guttormson placed third in the short round and the aggregate. She also took third in the championship round of the goat tying and third in the combined scoring.
In the barrel racing, Laura Heaton won sixth in the long round and in the championship round and earned fifth place overall.
The men maintain their first place spot in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standings. The team heads to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas this next weekend, then have some time off from competition to prepare for the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo, held in Guymon, set for April 5-7.