The WOSC Women’s Rodeo Team had a strong showing recently at the Garden City Community College Rodeo, finishing as the Reserve Champion Women’s Team. Western had women qualify for each of the four women’s events: team roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, and barrel racing.
Leading the group was freshman stand-out, Dana Spitzke who had a great weekend and headed back to Altus with the Women’s All Around Title. Spitzke has been consistently moving her way to the top of the goat tying standings throughout the season, so it came as no surprise when she tied her first goat in 6.8 seconds, which placed fourth in the round. A longer 7.5 second time in the short round won fifth in the round and secured fifth place average points for her as well. Spitzke’s performance last weekend moved her to second place in the Central Plains Regional Goat Tying Standings.
Spitzke also placed in both rounds of the breakaway roping. She had a time of 2.9 seconds in the first round, which placed sixth. A time of 4.0 seconds in the short round, though longer, still earned Spitzke points for third place and she finished fourth in the average with a total of 6.9 seconds on two calves.
Gaileen Babcock, another freshman, had a good weekend in the barrel racing. Her quick time of 13.59 seconds in the first round won third. Unfortunately, she tipped a barrel in the short-round.
Last to qualify for the women, was Brandi Anthony, a sophomore from California. She and partner, Garrett Reed were very consistent throughout the weekend. Though their time of 7.4 seconds in the first round didn’t earn them any points in the round, it earned them a spot in the short-round. A faster 7.2 second time in the short-round placed Anthony and Reed second in the round and allowed them to finish third in the average.
Trey Harmon and his partner from NWOKSU, Dustin Searcy, also qualified for the short round in the team roping. They were 7.5 seconds in the long-round and 8.1 seconds in the short-round. Their short- round time placed fourth in the round, and Harmon and Searcy finished the weekend fourth in the average, as well.
Kolton Schmidt and Braden Harmon also qualified for the short-round in the team roping. They had a great first round time of 6.2 seconds, which placed second in the round. Unfortunately, they took a no- time in the short-round.
Jarek Van Petten has had a great freshman year and his performance at Garden City was no different. He was 6.5 seconds in the long round of the steer wrestling, which was fast enough to qualify him for the short-round. His quick time of 4.6 seconds in the short round placed third in the round, and he ended the weekend fourth in the average.
Sophomore, Keegan Smith also qualified for the short-round of the steer-wrestling with his time of 6.7 seconds. With only five qualified times in the short-round, Smith’s time of 18.6 seconds managed to grab him points for fifth place. He also placed fifth in the average.