By Randy Bruce
April 24, 2014
DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern rodeo continued its strong push to the finish with a pair of event championships and seven short-go qualifiers on a busy weekend at the Fort Hays State Rodeo in Hays, Kan.
As a team the men posted a fourth-place finish, while the women tallied a seventh-place showing.
Individually, Ari-Anna Flynn took home the women’s all-around title for the second time this season after finishing seventh or better in barrel racing and breakaway.
Kolton Schmidt picked up the other event championship as the header of the top team roping duo on the weekend. He and his partner Sawyer Barham from Coffeyville CC won the event overall by four-tenths of a second after clocking a 5.9 in the long-go and coming back with a 6.4 in the short-go for a total tally of 12.3.
The team they edged out included teammate Ethan Fox with Chase Boaekhaus from Northwestern Oklahoma State who split the first round by matching the 5.9, but came back with a 6.8 in the long-go to finish second overall.
Schmidt also turned in his second runner-up finish of the season in the men’s all-around, adding a ninth-place finish in the steer wrestling to his team roping title. He down his first steer with a 6.4, but was hit with a no time in the short-go to finish ninth.
The women’s team was very busy on the weekend, with three barrel racers qualifying back for the short-go.
Kaitlyn Prentice posted the best finish, taking third in the average after clocking an 18.06 in the long-go and coming back with the event’s second-fastest run of the weekend at 17.52.
Micaela Carlile was next in line after turning in a 17.97 in the first round and finishing sixth in the average with a total time of 36.12.
Flynn turned in a 17.93 in the long-go, but was slower in the short-go to finish seventh in the average.
However, she had a better showing in the breakaway roping with a fourth-place finish in the average with a combined 7.4 on two calves, turning in times of 4.2 and 3.2 in her two runs.
With one event left on the schedule, SE riders are eyeing the regional standings in the hopes of advancing to the College National Finals Rodeo scheduled for Jun 15-21 in Casper, Wyo.
The Storm are sitting well in the team roping event where Fox and his teammate lead the Central Plains region and will be looking to take home the regional title and a berth in the CNFR, while Schmidt and his partner are currently in third with the chance to qualify as well.
Lacey Kessler will also be looking to lock up a trip to nationals with a strong showing in the final event in the breakaway roping as she is currently third in the region.
SE also has a handful of athletes regionally ranked and looking for one last opportunity to climb into the top three regionally.
Dillon Holder is in ninth in the tie down roping, while Carlile and Flynn are tied for ninth in the barrel racing.
Callie Hewett rounds out SE’s ranked competitors in ninth in the breakaway roping.
SE will compete in its final regular-season rodeo April 24-26at the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo in Goodwell, Okla.