Rodeo starts strong in spring competition

MSU Rodeo Team Member rides the bull for his 8 seconds. Photo by Conor Glesner.
MSU Rodeo Team Member rides the bull for his 8 seconds. Photo by Conor Glesner.

The second half of the MSU rodeo season kicked off last week with the annual MSU Spring Rodeo, held in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Bobcats came out strong, and both the men’s and women’s teams are currently ranked number one in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) standings.

The men’s team dominated the competition, compiling 1,185.00 total points, which was more than double the second place team, Univ. of Montana Western.

Individuals on the team also did well. Senior standout Ty Erickson took first place in the men’s all-around, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping, with senior Trevor Sunvison as his partner.

Freshman Wyatt Bloom took second in the men’s all-around with a total of 290 points. He also took first place in bareback riding, with a score of 159. Sophomore Kendall Green placed second in saddle bronc, scoring 110.

On the women’s side, Univ. of Montana Western came out on top, with a total of 623.33, and MSU took second, with a total point count of 545.

In the women’s all-around competition, sophomore Lauren Reiser took second place with a total of 305. Reiser also took first in barrel racing and third in breakaway roping. Junior Danielle Staudenmeyer took second place in goat tying, with a time of 16.8.

The Bobcats will head to Glendive, Mont. on April 26 for their next rodeo.