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Jackrabbit Stampede sets stage for second half of successful rodeo season

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Stampede, a double-header rodeo, is set for April 7-10, 2011 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings.

The double-header rodeo includes six performances to include: Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m., Friday, April 8 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Stampede ends with Sunday’s 1 p.m. finals on April 10.

The SDSU men’s rodeo team is currently ranked No.-1 in the Great Plains Region and the SDSU women’s team is ranked third in the region. SDSU head rodeo coach Ron Skovly said the 2011 team includes a number of individual standouts.

“Justin Zwiefel is really showing leadership this season and is currently No.-1 in the men’s calf roping and all-around standings,” said Skovly. “Brian Boyle, the SDSU Rodeo Club President, has been solid this year and is sitting No.-3 in the region for the Saddle Bronc Riding.”

Skovly said SDSU junior Tyler Nelson is leading the regional pack in steer wrestling and is in the top five nationally. The 2009 national reserve champion bull rider, Andrew Coughlin, is currently in first regionally in that event, and joins a total of four SDSU bull riders who are in the regional top-10.

“We’re proud of senior Tyrell Moody and sophomore Troy Donnelly, they are holding first place in the region for team roping, and we also have Taryn Sippel in first and Cally Thomas in second in regional barrel racing competition,” said Skovly. “Our team also has five of the top twelve breakaway competitors in the region, so we’re all excited about the second half of the season, to see what we can accomplish.”

Skovly said the top two teams in each of the 11 regions across the U.S. will qualify for the College National Finals in Casper, WY in June, but that more SDSU rodeo competitors may have a chance to go to the finals.

“Another way to qualify is for the individual team members to be in the top three of their event at the end of the year,” Skovly said. “We have completed five of the 10 rodeos for the year to this point, and we start practice this week.”

Besides the Jackrabbit Stampede, SDSU will also compete in Spearfish, SD, April 1-2; in Lincoln, NE, April 15-16, and complete their season in Dickinson, ND, on April 29-30.

“Our team is excited and have been studying hard to get ready for a fast-paced spring schedule of rodeos and practices,” Skovly said. “Last fall we had 47 members on our traveling team, and they are all great college students and fierce competitors.

For more information on SDSU Rodeo, visit their Web site at http://www.sdstate.edu/rodeo, Facebook at SDSU Rodeo, or visit the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Web site at this link: http://collegerodeo.com.

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