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Laura Dahl, Director
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**For Immediate Release**
Rodeo Teams Add Points in Regional Standings
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-06-2006
by Laura Dahl

Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s rodeo team traveled to Garden City, Kan. this past weekend to compete in the Garden City Community College rodeo, the second one in the Central Plains Region for the spring. The men’s and women’s teams both placed second with a total of 415 and 305 points respectively. According to Rodeo Coach Craig Latham, “We have a young team and expect a lot out of them, but they are up to the challenge.”

Four cowboys placed in the combined standings of the saddle bronc riding. Trell Etbauer won second, Shank Stephens earned fourth, and Taos Muncy tied for sixth. Will Payne also competed in the short round.

Muncy also made the second round of the bull riding with a 71 point ride in the long round, but he didn’t make the 8 second time in the short round. Also in that event, Logan Hodson placed third in the long go, tied for second in the short go and earned second place in the aggregate.

Hodson made it to the short round in the steer wrestling. He tied for fifth in the long go, won fourth in the short go, and earned a third place spot in the combined scoring.

In the bareback riding, Muncy was the only cowboy to make it to the short round. He scored 69 points in the long go which earned him eighth, but was unable to come up with a ride in the short go.

With Levi Swafford at the head and Buster Holland roping the hind legs, the pair placed second in the long round of the team roping, but missed their steer in the short round. Trell Etbauer, heeling with Jace Bolen of Garden City Community College, also made the short round and the pair ended up fifth in the average.

On the women’s team, Brandi Guttormson tied for first in the goat tying, but didn’t have a time in the short go. Teammate Kelly Koeppen took first in the short go which earned her third place in the aggregate. Chancy Etbauer also made the short go.

Guttormson came back for the short go of the breakaway roping and ended up in a three way tie for first in the round. She placed third in the combined scoring.

Kelly Koeppen placed fifth in the short go of the barrel racing and placed sixth in the average.

The teams travel back to Kansas this weekend for the Fort Scott Community College Rodeo on March 10, 11 and 12. The hardworking cowboys and cowgirls return home for a short break to prepare for the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo set for March 30, 31 and April 1 in the Henry C. Hitch Arena in Guymon.




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