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Montana State rodeo teams win Big Sky Region titles

Bill Brewster

When the points were tallied after the final event of the season held in Missoula, the Montana State University (MSU) Men’s and Women’s teams captured the coveted team titles in the Big Sky Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

The MSU men ended up with 6,196 points; second place Miles Community College earned 5,110 points.

The MSU women’s team posted 4,009.50 points, compared to 2,468.50 points for the second place University of Montana team.

MSU contestants also corralled the season’s end All-Around titles.

Benjamin Ayre, a senior from Glendive, MT, was the Men’s All-Around title holder and Kate Sharon, a senior from Dillon, MT, was the Women’s All-Around winner at the end of the regional season.

Ayre also captured the regional Tie-Down Roping title, Tyler Erickson of MSU won the Steer Wrestling event and Robbi Nace of MSU snared the Barrel Racing title.

To make the victory even better for MSU, Danielle Dowton captured the Breakaway Roping category and Lexy Rianda picked up the Goat Tying title.

“I thought that our strength in the timed events helped us all year on the men’s team and we had the depth in our women’s events,” head coach Mike True said. “Our quality in the timed events really showed up at Missoula.”

The quality competition in the practice arena has been good because the kids encouraged each other, True said.

“Several of the younger girls really improved to get us points, and that shows depth is important. I am real pleased with our chances at Casper because we really qualified right for Casper with six guys and five girls. It’s the best group of kids that I have every coached in my life,” he said. “There was good chemistry and good leadership throughout the entire season.”

The College National Finals Rodeo is scheduled for June 12-18 at Casper, WY Events Center with the top teams from around the U.S. in the run for national titles.

When the points were tallied after the final event of the season held in Missoula, the Montana State University (MSU) Men’s and Women’s teams captured the coveted team titles in the Big Sky Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

The MSU men ended up with 6,196 points; second place Miles Community College earned 5,110 points.

The MSU women’s team posted 4,009.50 points, compared to 2,468.50 points for the second place University of Montana team.

MSU contestants also corralled the season’s end All-Around titles.

Benjamin Ayre, a senior from Glendive, MT, was the Men’s All-Around title holder and Kate Sharon, a senior from Dillon, MT, was the Women’s All-Around winner at the end of the regional season.

Ayre also captured the regional Tie-Down Roping title, Tyler Erickson of MSU won the Steer Wrestling event and Robbi Nace of MSU snared the Barrel Racing title.

To make the victory even better for MSU, Danielle Dowton captured the Breakaway Roping category and Lexy Rianda picked up the Goat Tying title.

“I thought that our strength in the timed events helped us all year on the men’s team and we had the depth in our women’s events,” head coach Mike True said. “Our quality in the timed events really showed up at Missoula.”

The quality competition in the practice arena has been good because the kids encouraged each other, True said.

“Several of the younger girls really improved to get us points, and that shows depth is important. I am real pleased with our chances at Casper because we really qualified right for Casper with six guys and five girls. It’s the best group of kids that I have every coached in my life,” he said. “There was good chemistry and good leadership throughout the entire season.”

The College National Finals Rodeo is scheduled for June 12-18 at Casper, WY Events Center with the top teams from around the U.S. in the run for national titles.

When the points were tallied after the final event of the season held in Missoula, the Montana State University (MSU) Men’s and Women’s teams captured the coveted team titles in the Big Sky Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

The MSU men ended up with 6,196 points; second place Miles Community College earned 5,110 points.

The MSU women’s team posted 4,009.50 points, compared to 2,468.50 points for the second place University of Montana team.

MSU contestants also corralled the season’s end All-Around titles.

Benjamin Ayre, a senior from Glendive, MT, was the Men’s All-Around title holder and Kate Sharon, a senior from Dillon, MT, was the Women’s All-Around winner at the end of the regional season.

Ayre also captured the regional Tie-Down Roping title, Tyler Erickson of MSU won the Steer Wrestling event and Robbi Nace of MSU snared the Barrel Racing title.

To make the victory even better for MSU, Danielle Dowton captured the Breakaway Roping category and Lexy Rianda picked up the Goat Tying title.

“I thought that our strength in the timed events helped us all year on the men’s team and we had the depth in our women’s events,” head coach Mike True said. “Our quality in the timed events really showed up at Missoula.”

The quality competition in the practice arena has been good because the kids encouraged each other, True said.

“Several of the younger girls really improved to get us points, and that shows depth is important. I am real pleased with our chances at Casper because we really qualified right for Casper with six guys and five girls. It’s the best group of kids that I have every coached in my life,” he said. “There was good chemistry and good leadership throughout the entire season.”

The College National Finals Rodeo is scheduled for June 12-18 at Casper, WY Events Center with the top teams from around the U.S. in the run for national titles.


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