**For Immediate Release**
Lucky #7 for Men’s Rodeo Team
- Released by OPSU Campus Communications 04-07-2008
By Laura Hays
Guymon, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Panhandle State Men’s Rodeo team took advantage of the wind and blew by the competition to take first place at OPSU’s Doc Gardner Rodeo this past weekend. The win puts them at an amazing 7-0 for the 2007-2008 rodeo season in the tough Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Alan McCloy of Morse, Texas, brought his top bucking stock to the event, a fact borne out by the fact that only six saddle bronc riders qualified for the championship round. Of those six, only four athletes managed to make it to the 8 second buzzer. The bulls won the short round as only one cowboy, Clay Cudmore of Northwestern Oklahoma State, covered his bull.
Of the six riders back to perform Saturday night in the saddle bronc, four of them were OPSU cowboys. Seth Schafer, Trell Etbauer, and Rob McGilvray took first, second and third place respectively in the average, and Jesse Jolly also competed in the championship round. In the bareback event, Karlon Knudson was in a three way tie for first place in the long round. His 81-point ride in the championship round clinched first place in that round and in the average. Tyrel Larsen made it to the short round in the bull riding, but was one of the nine back in that event that could not make the 8 second ride.
Continuing his winning ways, Etbauer won the championship round in the steer wrestling and tied for first in the average in that event. Schafer picked up fourth place in the average in that event, and Jesse Jolly won seventh in the average.
Etbauer won fourth in the first go of the calf roping and took sixth overall after a couple of bobbles in the short round that cost him precious seconds. Trell’s performance at his hometown rodeo won him the men’s All-Around saddle.
On the women’s side, Lisa Merrill placed sixth in the short round of the breakaway roping and sixth in the average. The fastest event in rodeo, only seven-tenths of a second separated her from the first place winner. Whitney Harding, Krista Johnson, Chancy Harrington, and Karalyn Bridgeman all competed in the championship round of the goat tying. In the average, Bridgeman tied for fourth, Harrington was sixth, and Johnson seventh.
After working for weeks to prepare the arena and themselves for the annual event, the OPSU team members proved their toughness and commitment to excellence in the arena. The teams travel to Weatherford next weekend to compete at Southwestern Oklahoma State and follow with rodeos at Fort Hays State and Southeastern Oklahoma State the next two weekends. College National Finals Rodeo qualifiers will be announced after the championship round at Durant and OPSU should be well-represented in Casper, Wyoming this summer.