September 26, 2017
Both University of Wyoming rodeo teams bounced back from tough opening-week performances by taking runner-up positions at the latest Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) rodeo in Sheridan.
Both clubs accomplished the turnaround with outstanding individual performances.
The men’s team won two events, helping the Pokes score a season-best 520 points, which was just 60 behind the front-running host Generals. More important, the overall second-place finish boosted the UW men in the CRMR standings, giving the Cowboys 685 points through two of the season’s five fall events. UW has moved up to fifth place.
The defending regional champion Sheridan men lead the overall standings with 945 points, while surprising Laramie County Community College has scored 870 points. Perennial front-runner Gillette College has 850 for third place.
UW bull rider Jacob Smith returned to his winning form from two seasons ago, when he captured the Sheridan College title.
A year ago, the LaSalle, Colo., senior missed qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after capturing the CRMR title and competing in the year-end CNFR the year before. At Sheridan last weekend, Smith was third in the long go, and then recorded the weekend’s best ride, marking with 81 points in the short go to win the average. He scored 160 points in both rounds and also in the average.
The individual victory boosted him atop the regional standings with Chadron State College’s Chasen Cole and K’s Thompson, of Sheridan College.
Also on the strength of his short go time, UW teammate Brock Wahlert broke into the steer wrestling standings with his win at Sheridan College. The senior bulldogger, from Casper, stopped the clock in 4.1 seconds for the weekend’s top time. He also had a 5.5-second time in the opening round, leaving him fourth heading into the finals.
Wahlert’s effort gave the Pokes’ steer wrestler 150 points and moved him into second place …