SDSU takes first at Jackrabbit Stampede Rodeo

By Makenzie Huber News Editor

South Dakota State University’s Rodeo men’s team placed first overall in the 2015 Jackrabbit Stampede Rodeo from April 10th to 11th with a total of 830 points. The women’s team finished in second place being 320 points behind Dickinson State’s 480 points.

Black Hills State was the next in line in the men’s total scores sitting at 490 points.

Nine schools attended the rodeo for the men’s teams including North Dakota State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mid-Plains Community College, Hastings College, Mitchell Technical Institute, Iowa Central Community College, Dickinson State, BHSU and SDSU.

SDSU’s Calder Johnston pulled out with 240 points in Men’s All-around, tying with BHSU’s River Voigt. Johnston also stole first in tie down roping and fourth in steer wrestling.

In Women’s All-around, Tarin Hupp from SDSU claimed second with 130 total points trailing Dickinson’s Bobbi Grann’s 260 points.

In saddle bronc, riding Cody Miller earned SDSU second place behind BHSU’s Tate Thybo who earned first in the category.

For bareback riding, Nick Schwedhelm of SDSU stole first while SDSU’s James Ellsworth scored at No. 5 in bareback riding. Schwedhelm sits at 1,040 points for the regional standings, earning more than twice as many points in bareback riding than the second place seat.

SDSU’s Blake Dunsmore was the only cowboy to pull off a score in the bull riding competition, so he earned an automatic win.

SDSU’s Newt Bruley and Marshal Peterson took first in team roping, Sterling Gehrke and Pearson Wientjes took second and the team of Ryan Donnelly and Dean Christensen took ninth.

Ten schools were present in the women’s competitions with Dickinson, BHSU, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, NDSU, UNL, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, ICCC, Hastings and MPCC.

For barrel racing, SDSU’s Courtney Otto placed seventh with Rachel Dahl right behind her in eighth.

Hope Petry, Tarin Hupp and Cheyenne Brown took second, third and fourth places in breakaway roping for SDSU, with Rylee Rich tying for eighth with MPCC’s Kaile Jacobson.

In goat tying, Tarin Hupp claimed sixth place for SDSU.

SDSU men’s rodeo team currently claims first in the 2014-2015 Great Plains Region Standings with a total of 3,790 points.

The women’s team sits at second in the regional standings with 1,425 points. Dickinson claims first with 2,605 points.