Team roping partners Hunter Munsell of Western Oklahoma State College (on horseback) and his partner Dustin Searcy of SEOSU (standing center) won the long round with a 5.4 second time and finished fifth in the average at the February 20-22 Kansas State University Rodeo in Manhattan.
Western Tie Down Ropers Dominate Long Round at KSU
By Emily Smith
The Western Rodeo Team traveled to Kansas State University last weekend for the first college rodeo of the spring season. Quite obviously, the men’s team came back strong from the winter break as Western had five of the top ten tie down ropers; two of the top ten steer wrestlers; and three of the top ten team roping teams in the short round on Saturday.
As mentioned, Western had a great showing in the tie down roping. Clayton Smith won the first round with a 9.7 second time. Cole Patterson won 3rd with a 10.7 second time. Tanner Stec won 5th with an 11.3 second time. Jacob Edler placed 6th with an 11.5 second time. Lastly, Sloan Smith also qualified in 7th place with an 11.9 second time. As the dust settled in the short-round the Western men picked-up a few more points and placings. Cole Patterson snagged 6th place in the short-round and Clayton Smith gathered point for 6th place in the average. Finishing highest for Western was Jacob Edler who tied his short round calf in 9.8 seconds which placed 3rd in the round and boosted him to a 2nd place finish overall.
Edler is more commonly known for his abilities as a steer wrestler, and in fact, is currently ranked 20th in the PRCA standings. Edler travelled from RFD TV’s million dollar “American” rodeo qualifier in Ft. Worth to be at the KSU rodeo. Edler qualified for the top-ten short round in the steer wrestling with his time of 3.3 seconds. Combined with a third place finish in the short round, his total time of 9.6 seconds on two steers won fourth overall. Tanner Stec also qualified for the short round in the steer wrestling after he threw his first steer in 5.0 seconds and placed 6th in the long round.
Western also had several teams do well in the team roping. Sloan Smith and Clayton Smith, who had also done well in the tie down roping, won the short-round in the team roping with a 5.8 second time which boosted them to a second place finish overall. Western’s, Hunter Munsell and his partner Dustin Searcy of SEOSU won the long round with a 5.4 second time and finished fifth in the average. Peyton Holliday and Douglas Rich won second in the long-round with a 6.0 second time and finished sixth in the average.
The women had a little tough luck this weekend and only had one member qualify for the short-round. Jenny Massing won fifth in the long-round of the goat tying with a quick 6.1 second time. A little tough luck in the short round took away her chances of placing in the average.
Coach Smith is always proud of his past athletes as well, and many Western alumni shined at the KSU rodeo. Laine Herl, now at NWOSU, won the steer wrestling. Kolton Schmidt, now at SEOSU, won the team roping. Kelsey Driggers, now at NWOSU, won the long round of the barrel racing.