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Karlon Knudson riding bareback at the Alva rodeo
Karlon Knudson in the short round of the bareback riding at Alva. - Dale Hirschman photo
Jordan Muncy rounds a barrel at the Alva rdoeo
Jordan Muncy rounds a barrel on her horse Smoke at the rodeo in Alva.Dale Hirschman photo

**For Immediate Release**
Chargin’ Aggies Rodeo: The Pride of the Panhandle
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-06-2007
by Whitney Harding

Alva, Okla. - College rodeo weekend in Alva, Oklahoma started out with a bang this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with Oklahoma Panhandle State’s momentum carrying them all the way to the top of the scoreboard. While the men kept on charging ahead of the pack, the women’s team picked up the pace on their performance and ended the weekend with success and a championship title.

Thursday night’s rodeo action kicked off with Karlon Knudson in the bareback riding event, and in no time at all Karlon was giving the crowd at Alva a reason to cheer. He placed fourth in the long go with a respectable score of 74 points, bringing him back to the short round within striking distance of the win. The OPSU cowboy headed back to the short go on Saturday night focused on what had to be done…and did he ever put on a show. Karlon’s ride was scored a whopping 81 points (a full 5 points ahead of his closest competitor) and the crowd gave him a 10 for his clowning skills afterwards.

The calf roping saw two OPSU men back to the short go in the Alva arena where both finished strong. Illinois native and freshman Aggie Stephen King wound up second in the average with two solid runs of 10.2 and 11.6 seconds while Kacey Graham roped his second calf , but with a slight bobble of his tie, he was sent to sixth place in the average — a mistake the OPSU sophomore won’t be making again anytime soon.

The saddle bronc riding saw five of the seven short-go finalists from OPSU. The boys showed they were back in town placing first through fourth in the long and short rounds. Ryan Bestol who placed first in the long go, wound up second, while Taos Muncy brought home the gold with an amazing ride of 83 points in the short-go and a 75 in the long. Goodwell’s Trell Etbauer also made a splash, placing fourth overall with rides of 75 and 71 points respectively. Freshman Townsend Prince was on his game this weekend as well, placing third in the average with scores of 74 and 73 points. Robin McGilvray was once again brought back to the short go, but faced some hard luck on Saturday night, bucking off his last horse.

Jesse Jolly was the lone OPSU cowboy to make it back in both the steer wrestling and the team roping events. With a 6.7 second run in the team roping, Jolly and his partner Brandon Seufer from Northwestern Oklahoma State wound up back in the arena on Saturday night. As for the big man’s event, the steer wrestling, Jesse turned in runs of 5.1 and 6.2 seconds respectively placing him seventh in the average.

The last roughstock event, bull riding, ended out the weekend’s rodeo events, but only began the winning streak that is sure to follow in the spring. Both Shawn Halko and Chelse Day came back to see how they would fair on their second bull, but after an injury and some tough bulls, both boys came home empty handed.

As for the women of OPSU, they showed up ready to rope, ride, and tie. The competition was stiff this weekend in northwestern Oklahoma, but Chancy Harrington, Jordan Muncy and Becky White were up for the challenge. All three women made it back to the short go in the goat tying sitting in first, second and seventh places. After the short go, with two runs under seven seconds, Jordan Muncy walked away with the championship title, with Chancy Harrington following close behind. Harrington wound up second in the average with runs of 6.5 and 7.7 seconds respectively.

After her stellar performance in the goat tying, there was no time to celebrate for Muncy, as she had to get ready for the barrel racing. Jordan and her good horse Smoke wound up fifth in the average of the barrel racing after an exceptional run of 12.71 seconds in the short round. Jordan also came out on top of the all around race and came home from Alva sporting the most points for the weekend.

Wrapping up the fall season, the Aggie rodeo team will be starting off strong come spring with the men leading the Central Plains region and the women seated a strong second. After winning both the men’s and women’s team titles at the Northwestern Oklahoma State rodeo, they are sure to bring their momentum with them to the first rodeo of the spring at Manhattan, Kansas. Looking for another trip to the CNFR, the Aggie Rodeo team will have plenty of incentive to keep on charging. Go AGGIES!

 

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