UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Bulldogs men’s and women’s rodeo teams competed at the Big Sky Region rodeo at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont. on April 29, 2012. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldogs men’s and women’s rodeo teams competed at the Big Sky Region rodeo at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont. on April 29, 2012. Bridger Chambers and team roping partner Chase Briggs won the team roping event with a time of 6.4 seconds in the long round and won the average. Chambers also placed in steer wrestling, winning the A.J. Franzen Memorial trophy buckle, and earned 230 points for Montana Western men. Tucker Zingg placed third in the round and the average in the bareback riding event while teammate Chase Redfield placed fifth in the average. Zingg earned 115 points and Redfield earned 20 points. Five of the top ten calf ropers were from Montana Western. Colter Gardner placed second in the round with a time of 10.8 seconds, third in the short round with 10.6 seconds and second in the average, earning 130 points for the Bulldog Men. Casey Waldhauser placed second in the short round with a time of 9.9 seconds and third in the average. Tyler Wines placed fourth in the round with a time of 11.4 seconds and fifth in the average. Megan Crist won the long round in the goat tying event with a time of 7.4 seconds and placed fourth in average. Kylene Reynolds placed fourth in average in the barrel race. Cassie Woosley placed fourth in the average in breakaway roping and Haily Hamlin split third and fourth with a time of 3.1 seconds and was fifth in the average. With the top two teams advancing to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo., scheduled for June 10-17, the Montana Western men are a solid second behind Montana State University and increased their lead over third place Miles City Community College. The men's team standings are: Montana State University (790), Montana Western (705), Miles Community College (575), Northwest College (375), University of Montana (315), MSU-Northern (160), and Dawson Community College (30). The Montana Western women are in fourth place and need to have a good performance in the final spring rodeo to move up in the standings. The women's team standings are: Montana State University (555), Northwest College (285), Dawson Community College (180), Montana Western (175), University of Montana (155), and Miles Community College (60). Montana Western coach Olie Else likes where the Bulldog men are sitting but hopes the women’s team can have a big showing at the University of Montana rodeo. “Everything is on the line at the University of Montana spring rodeo and it comes down to this one rodeo to see which individuals and which teams advance to the CNFR," Else said. “The Montana Western women have just not connected as a team at the last two rodeos and they really need to have a great rodeo in Missoula. They have the horses and the talent and we are hoping to make enough points to move into second.”
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