UMW rodeo competes in Glendive, Mont.
Written by Susanne Rehse
The University of Montana Western men’s and women’s rodeo teams traveled to Glendive, Mont. on Friday, April 26 through April 28. The men came away with a second-place finish (590 points) behind Montana State University (785 points) while the women took home gold with 335 points. The win also propelled the women’s team into first place in the Big Sky Region standings.
Kody Lahaye led the men’s team with 230 points in the all-around (second). He finished fourth in steer wrestling and was second in team roping along with Casey Waldhauser.
In saddle bronc riding, Dakota Munns took fifth (71) and William Shirley followed in sixth (61). Chase Redfield’s 133 points put him in second place in bareback riding. Philip Shields won bull riding with 127 points while Luke Gee took fourth (69). Jesse Medearis rounded out the men's team with a fourth-place finish in tie down roping.
Megan Crist won the women’s all-around for the third straight rodeo with 205 points. She was first in goat tying and seventh in breakaway roping.
Jody Gilson was third in barrel racing while Justinn Marshall and Morgin Sheppard placed in goat tying (third and seventh, respectively).
The men’s team continues to trail Montana State in the regional standings with 3,950.16 points compared to MSU's 5,336 points. In the all-around, Kody Lahaye sits in third (1,093 points) while Philip Shields is in sixth (843 points).
Chase Redfield is in third place in bareback riding (649 points) while Jade Gardner is in the same spot in tie down roping with 566 points. Luke Gee leads the pack in bull riding with 616 points, followed closely by Shields with 600. In steer wrestling, Lahaye is third (522 points), Michael Vines is fourth (291.5) and Payson Munns is fifth (285.5). Colton Sargent is the top team roping heeler with 413 points.
The women took the Big Sky Region lead with 2,772.91 points, followed closely by Montana State with 2,753.5. Megan Crist leads the women’s all-around with 1,382.33 points.
Haily Hamlin continues to sit atop the breakaway roping standings with 635.5 points followed by Crist with 303 points. Crist leads the goat tying with 955 points while Justinn Marshall moved up a spot to take fourth (530 points).
The Bulldogs will finish out their spring schedule with two more road trips. The first will be in Great Falls, Mont. on Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4 at the University of Great Falls. The final spring rodeo will be held Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 at the University of Montana in Missoula.