It was one of those rodeos you want to forget as quick as you get bucked off.
The Gillette College men’s rodeo team finished 11th at the Colorado State University rodeo in Fort Collins, Colo., over the Easter weekend.
Devan Reilly of Sheridan scored all 40 points for the Pronghorns by placing fourth in the bareback riding and the men tumbled from the Central Rocky Mountain Region lead to third place as a team.
At the same time, Lance Creek cowgirl Jordan Thurston got back in the groove, finishing second in the goat tying to lead the Pronghorn women to a fifth-place finish.
“It was one of those weekends where you felt like it was hard to get rolling,” Pronghorns coach Will LaDuke said. “We missed some horses out with winning rides. It was just one thing after another.
“The girls stayed in third. The University of Wyoming gained a little bit more ground on us, but they’re still in second.” Gillette College now trails the Cowgirls by 42 points.
Tough ride for men
Saddle bronc rider Travis Nelson of Philip, S.D., returned to the lineup after recovering from a broken collarbone.
Nelson didn’t post a score in his first rodeo back.
“Travis had a horse fall down, so it was a rough weekend all the way around,” LaDuke said.
Mandan, N.D., cowboy Casey Breuer missed his second spring rodeo with a fractured right wrist. His return is a day-to-day decision.
Pushing the women
Thurston scored all 145 Gillette College points with a solid showing in goat tying. The former national champion is leading the region. Teammate Megan Belus of Buffalo ranks fourth.
Freshman Kristi Steffes also ranks third in barrel racing in the region.
just 35 points behind second-place Chandler Markel of Wyoming
The Pronghorns travel to Torrington for the Eastern Wyoming College rodeo Saturday and Sunday.