UMW rodeo finishes regular season in second place
Written by Susanne Rehse
The University of Montana Western men’s and women’s rodeo teams traveled to Missoula, Mont. for the University of Montana rodeo on Friday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12 for the final rodeo of the regular season.
The men’s team won their second straight rodeo as their 755 points beat second-place Northwest College by 240 points. The women’s team did not fare as well, only picking up 15 points and finished in sixth place.
Montana Western was paced by brothers Colt and Jade Gardner who respectively took first (270 points) and second (265 points) in the men’s all-around. The Gardners won the team roping and took second and third in tie-down roping. Kody Lahaye placed fifth in the all-around and Garrett Hanson placed sixth.
In saddle bronc riding, Philip Shields finished in third followed by Douglas Hall in fourth and Dakota Munns in sixth. Chase Redfield and Tanner Denton took home fifth and sixth place in bareback riding.
Multiple Bulldogs placed in steer wrestling: Kane Cartwright in second, Luke Gee in third, Garrett Hanson in fifth and Kody Lahaye in sixth. Lahaye and Casey Waldhauser were second in team roping while Kelsey and Garrett Hanson were fifth and Payson Munns and Megan Crist were seventh.
The Bulldog men finished the season strong but were not able to catch Montana State University (MSU) in the regional standings, trailing 5,345.16 to 6,301.
Kody Lahaye finished the men’s all-around in third (1,363 points) while Philip Shields moved into fifth (1,083), Luke Gee took sixth (1,062), Jade Gardner was ninth (1,027.33) and Casey Waldhauser took 15th (582).
In saddle bronc riding, Shields is sixth (373 points), followed by Douglas Hall with seventh (349), Tanner Denton in eighth (326) and Dakota Munns in 15th (90). Chase Redfield finished in third (874 points) in bareback riding while Denton is ninth (164).
Gee and Shields swept the bull riding with 761 and 710 points, followed by Drew Baker in seventh (120). Jade Gardner took over the top spot in tie down roping (743 points) while Lahaye is seventh (326), Colt Gardner is eighth (278), Waldhauser is 12th (217) and Jesse Medearis is 13th (190).
In steer wrestling, Lahaye finished in third (672 points), Gee in fifth (301), Michael Vines in sixth (291.5), Payson Munns in seventh (285.5), Garrett Hanson in 12th (240) and Kane Cartwright in 15th (145).
Lahaye is third (365 points) as a team roping header followed by Jade Gardner in ninth (284.3), Garrett Hanson in 14th (160) and Payson Munns in 15th (139.3). Colton Sargent is the second best heeler (413 points), followed by Waldhauser in fourth (365), Riley Bailey in fifth (326), Colt Gardner in eighth (284.3), Charles Briggs in 12th (209), Dalton Tamcke in 13th (170) and Kelsey Hanson in 14th (160).
The MSU women also edged out Montana Western in the regional standings. MSU finished with 3,443.5 points to the Bulldogs’ 3,017.91. Megan Crist dominated the women’s all-around with 1,457.33 points; almost 700 points ahead of second place.
Crist finished first in goat tying (955 points) while Justinn Marshall is third (700) and Jade Gorrell is 14th (107). In breakaway roping, Haily Hamlin takes home the honors with 635.5 points, followed by Crist in third (363), Gorrell in 10th (175), Marshall in 12th (163.1) and Maegan Nahrgang in 14th (140). Hannah Sharon is 11th in barrel racing (203 points) while Jody Gilson is 12th (200), Samanth Bird is 13th (152) and Kylene Reynolds is 15th (102).
Next up for the Bulldogs will be the College National Finals. According to the 2012-2013 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rule book, teams qualify by place first or second at the regional level while individuals must finish in the top three. The finals will be held in Casper, Wyo. from Sunday, June 9 through Saturday, June 15.