**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Rodeo Teams Perform Well at Fort Scott
by Lori Latham and Scott Puryear on 3/11/07
Goodwell, OK - The Oklahoma Panhandle State men’s and women’s rodeo teams have again served notice that they will be a major force for anyone to contend with – this time based on strong finishes in the Fort Scott (Kansas) College Rodeo over the weekend.
The women’s team was led by the fine performance of Kelly Koeppen (Redwing, Colorado). Koeppen blew away her competition on the way to the Women’s All-Around title. The senior was first in the long go, fifth in the short go, and second in the average of the Goat Tying. She also won second in the long go, third in the short go, and second in the average of the Barrel Racing en route to her outstanding finish.
Koeppen got some major help from her teammates and the Lady Aggies earned a solid third place finish in the team competition. Becky White added points by placing fourth in the short go and fourth in the average of the Barrel Racing. In the Breakaway Roping Brandi Mueller placed second in the long go, fifth in the short go, and tied for second/third in the average - while Lisa Merrill placed sixth in the long go. Laura Heaton placed third in the long go of the Barrel Racing. Other team members qualifying for the Sunday short go were Chancy Harrington in the Goat Tying, Brandi Guttormson in the Breakaway Roping, and Whitney Harding in the Team Roping.
The OPSU Women’s Team is currently in second place in the Central Plains Region and quite prepared to make a very strong showing again this season.
In the men’s completion, the always strong OPSU team brought home a second place finish. As they seem to always do – the Aggies dominated the Saddle Bronc Riding, with Trell Etbauer and Logan Hodson tying for first/second in the long go, and first in both the short go and the average. Hodson went on to finish fifth in the short go and second in the average. Taos Muncy won third in the long go, and Will Payne finished third in the long go and fifth in the average of that event.
Brian Leddy and Hodson added points in the Bareback Riding - Hodson placed 6th in the long go while Leddy won second in the long go and third in the average. Etbauer also added some team points by splitting third/fourth in the short go and winning fourth in the average of the Steer Wrestling. Kacey Graham, Jace Bolen, and Etbauer all made the short go in the Team Roping as well.
The OPSU men’s team currently sits in a familiar spot in the Central Plains Region – first.
Both teams will have some time off from competition, but they will continue to work hard as they prepare for the “Doc” Gardner Memorial Rodeo at the Henry C. Hitch Arena in Guymon on April 5th - 7th. The Gardner Rodeo annually brings together some of the best men’s and women’s college rodeo competitors in the entire country.