**For Immediate Release**
Koeppen Named All-Around Cowgirl
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-10-2006
Goodwell, OK - The Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo team spent the weekend in Pratt, Kans. at Pratt Community College competing in the second fall rodeo in the Central Plains Region of the National Interscholastic Rodeo Association. OPSU’s Kelly Koeppen, an Equine Science major from Redwing, Colo., won the All-Around Cowgirl honor with her performance in the goat tying and barrel racing.
Koeppen tied for first in the short round of the goat tying and placed fourth in the aggregate scoring of the barrel racing. Becky White, a new team member from Craig, Colo., made the short round of the goat tying, and Kendel Fawcett also made the short round in barrel racing. Rounding out the women’s side, Haley Keenan made the short round of the breakaway roping.
The men had six cowboys return to the championship round of saddle bronc riding, and all placed in the top six of the long round. Taos Muncy, Shank Stephens, and Mike Murphy placed first, second, and third respectively while Seth Schafer and teammate Ryan Bestol tied for fourth and Will Payne tied for sixth. Of the five qualified rides in the short round, OPSU made three of those with Payne, Murphy, and Schafer placing third, fourth and fifth respectively. In the aggregate scoring, Murphy and Payne tied for third, Shafer placed fifth, Muncy sixth, and Stephens seventh.
In the bareback riding, Karlon Knudson placed fourth in the long round, tied for third with teammate Logan Hodson in the short round, and placed third in the aggregate scoring. Hodson took fifth in the combined scoring, and Brian Leddy placed sixth. Muncy and Jason Manor also made the championship round in that event.
Header Brandi Guttormson and heeler Seth Schaffer placed fifth in the first round of the team roping, and ended up sixth in the short round and sixth overall. Hodson and Muncy tied for sixth in the long round of the bull riding, but neither had qualified rides in the long round. Trell Etbauer scored a 3.8 second run in the long round of the steer wrestling, good enough to tie for second, but did not fare as well in the championship round with a 6.4 second score which put him in ninth place and out of the money for the aggregate scoring.
The third and final Central Plains Region rodeo will be held at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva November 9-11.