Three members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Club traveled to a double-header in Brookings, S.D., April 12-15 to compete in the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Stampede at the Swift Event Center.
Team members were Cort Chittick of Maywood in calf and team roping; Eric Garrelts of Stapleton in team roping; and Kadie Hays of Phillipsburg, Kan., in barrel racing and breakaway roping.
MPCC Rodeo Club assistant coach Mike Janecek also attended.
According to Janecek, Hays had a nice run in barrel racing during the first rodeo with a time of 14.33 seconds, but missed making the short round by 0.37 seconds.
“In the breakaway roping, Kadie’s loop was too little and didn’t fall over the calf’s nose, so she received a no time,” he said.
Chittick did manage to rope his calf around the nose in calf roping, but the calf slipped out of the loop, so he also received a no time.
In team roping, the steer set up just as Garrelts threw his loop, causing him to miss. They also received a no time.
“In the second rodeo, Kadie’s horse was a little wide on the second barrel, but she still had a respectable time of 14.62, which again wasn’t quite fast enough to put her in the short round,” Janecek said. “Cort roped his calf, but got a hind leg in the loop. By the time he got it untangled so he could make his tie he exceeded the 25-second rule and was flagged out.”
Janecek noted that in college rodeo, calf ropers must complete their run in less than 25 seconds to receive a qualifying time. He said Garrelts missed his head catch in the team roping, so he and Chittick received a no time.
“Even though we made a long trip and came home empty handed, the team gained some valuable experience that will only make them better down the road,” Janecek said.
The MPCC Rodeo Team also competed April 20-22 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln rodeo.