The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team took home two first place finishes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rodeo on Saturday.
Sheyenne Hammond, of Valentine, won the breakaway roping, and Austin Madison, of Whiting, Iowa, won the steer wrestling. “I was real happy for Sheyenne,” said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. “She had been roping well this spring, but broke barriers at her first two rodeos. She came back this time, scored great and did a good job of using her calves to make two smart runs.” Nokes said a similar situation happened with Madison.
“Austin has competed a lot on the amateur and professional levels, but has kind of been in a slump,” Nokes said. “He came out of it this weekend. Both Austin and Sheyenne made real solid runs and basically let everyone else beat themselves.” Marshall Still, of Oconto, placed fifth in the steer wrestling. JD Draper, of Oakley, Kan., followed him in sixth place. Continuing their success, current MPCC rodeo team member Danielle Wray, of Ord, and Mid-Plains alum Chandler Comfort, of Elwood, finished second in the team roping. Wyatt Kunkee, of Lexington, was third in the saddle bronc riding, and Clay Bauer, of Arcadia, was sixth in the tie down roping. Overall, MPCC ended up second in the women’s team standings and third in the men’s team standings. “As a whole, the team did better this weekend,” Nokes said. “It’s still not quite what we wanted, but we’re in a solid position now to make the finals as a team. It looks like we have a really good shot going at going to nationals. We just have to take care of business one more time.” The team will compete at its final rodeo of the season Friday and Saturday in Dickinson, N.D.