The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team is riding high as fall competitions draw to a close. Members competed at the 51st annual North Dakota State University Bison Stampede Rodeo in Fargo, N.D. on Friday and Saturday.
Garrett Wickett, of Norfolk, won the bull riding.
Cyler Dowling, of Newell, S.D., was first in the steer wrestling, followed by Sawyer Strand, of Harrisburg, S.D., who placed third and Kris Rasmussen, of Riverdale, who was fourth.
In the women's events, Shania Macomber, of Whitman, placed second in the barrel racing.
Kaile Jacobson, of Haiku, Hawaii, and Trenton Solida, of Phillipsburg, Kan., took second in the team roping while Strand and Cedar Jandreau, representing Black Hills State University, ended up fifth.
Also placing fifth was Riley Weehler, of Maloy, Iowa, in the tie-down roping.
Rowdy Moon, of Sargent, was third in the bareback riding.
MPCC finished third overall in both the men's and women's team standings – the highest it has ever placed in the women's team standings.
"Looking back, the women did great. Our bulldoggers were strong. Rowdy was solid in the barebacks, and we had multiple placings in the team roping," said Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach. "Wickett has been really sharp, really confident in the bull riding, and I wish we had all the rodeos in a row just for him."
The Bison Stampede was the last of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association-sanctioned fall rodeos in the Great Plains Region. The season will start back up in the spring.
In the meantime, Elliott is urging team members to focus on their grades and to collectively work on mental toughness.
"That's what it's going to take for us to keep improving," said Elliott. "I'm pleased with where we're at, but at the same time, I don't feel like we're firing on all cylinders like we were at our home rodeo. If we could compete like that consistently – we would blow this region out of the water."