Two CSC contestants win events in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. – Two Chadron State College contestants won events at the Casper College rodeo last weekend.

For the second time this spring, sophomore Katie Loughran of Broken Bow and her horse, "Blowing Smoke," won both go-rounds of the barrel race to capture that event. Their times at Casper were 15.87 and 15.80 seconds.

Chadron State's other event winner was senior Mitch McAdow of Littleton, Colo. He finished third in the first go-round of tie down roping in 11.0 seconds and was second in the finals go-round in 10.6 seconds to win the averages.

Another Chadron State cowboy, Russell Hipke of Stuart, did well in steer wrestling. He tied for seventh in the first go-round in 6.6 seconds and was second in the finals in 4.6 seconds to place third in the averages.

Unofficially, Hipke is now tied for first in steer wrestling for the season in the Central Rocky Mountain Region and McAdow is second in tie down roping.

The only rodeo remaining in the region is May 3-5 at the University of Wyoming. The contestants with the top three point totals at the end of the regional competition qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper on June 9-15.

Two more CSC entries also placed among the top six in the averages at the Casper rodeo.

Colten Blanchard of Sulphur, La., was fifth in the bareback riding averages. He tied for 10th in the first go-round with 67 points and shared first place in the finals with 74 points.

Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff was sixth in the goat tying. She shared eighth place in the first go-round in 8.4 seconds and was second in the finals in 7.7 seconds. She is still in fourth place in the regional standings, but unofficially is only 22.5 points out of third place.

Three Chadron State entries placed among the top 10 in the first go-round, but did not receive a score in the finals on Sunday. They are Jace Blackwell of Rapid City in saddle bronc riding, Devan Frey of Hyannis in breakaway roping and team ropers Kourt Starr of Dupree, S.D., and Lane Day of Bartlett, Neb.

In addition, Bailey McKay of Ericson, Neb., tied for fifth in the first go-round of the barrel race in 16.09 seconds, but her time of 16.53 on the second run left her out of the top six in the averages.

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