Strong season finish lands three LCCC riders in College National Finals Rodeo

The LCCC Rodeo Team finished its season with a very exciting rodeo in Laramie at the UW Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo.

Sophomore Tawny Barry added 50 points to her total in the goat tying with a combined time of 15.1 seconds on two runs. She finished the year fourth in the region with 520 points. Kelsey Knust ended up second in the team roping with her partner Levi Brott with a combined time of 15.5 seconds on two runs. This added 100 points to both athletes’ totals, finishing Kelsey seventh and Levi ninth in the regional standings. More importantly, Kelsey tied for third and fourth in the long go in the breakaway roping and added 35 points to her season total. These 35 points helped Kelsey hold off a charge from several below her in the standings and ultimately giving her third in the region and qualifying for her first CNFR!

The big story of the week was Syerra “CY” Christensen, who made the short go and roped her calf in 2.6 seconds to tie for first and second in the short go and second overall with a time of 6.2 seconds on two runs. The 105 points this added to her total vaulted her past the previous No. 1 roper coming in and gave her the Central Rocky Mountain Region Breakaway Championship and her first CNFR qualification. The women’s team made a great effort to catch the No. 2 team but fell 150 points short, ending up third in the region with 1,605 points.

On the men’s side, freshman CJ Ellis won the long go in the bull riding with an outstanding score of 85 points. Only three bulls were ridden in the long go, and all three riders bucked off in the short go, giving CJ the bull riding title with his score on one ride. His 120 points moved him to 12th in the region, finishing behind teammates Chance Englebert at fifth and Brandon Olson at eighth.

The big story of the year has been Kalane Anders’ quest to be the Central Rocky Mountain Region Champion Steer Wrestler, a journey that he completed the week before UW at Casper’s rodeo. Kalane left no doubt where he belonged, finishing third at UW and adding 130 points to his season total. Kalane earned points at eight of the 10 rodeos throughout the season with a total of 855 points and finishing 220 points ahead of the second place steer wrestler. Those points, combined with his tie-down roping points, earned him the Central Rocky Mountain Region Men’s Rookie of the Year buckle.

The men’s team ended up in the middle of the pack at seventh with 2,097.5 points for the year.

Anders, Christensen and Knust will compete at the College National Finals Rodeo, June 14-20 in Casper, Wyoming, at the Casper Events Center.