Northern cowboys and cowgirls ride home
After a few weeks on the road, the Montana State University-Northern rodeo teams finally got the chance to ride in front of their home crowd this weekend on the Biggert Better Barn at the Great Northern Fairgrounds. In the week leading up to the rodeo, MSU-N racers faced adversity, some of them injuring themselves. Despite this, MSU-N head coach Doug Kallenberger believes his team have performed well.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” Kallenberger said. “We had a lot of adversity this week and the kids put it all aside and got the job done. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The MSU-N women’s team performed well with a score of 235 to place second in the rodeo behind Montana State University. The University of Montana Western came in third behind the Skylights. The MSU-N men’s team took third place in their rodeo behind first place Miles City Community College and second place MSU.
For the first time this season, MSU-N allowed three riders to take first place in their competitions over the weekend. Garrett Cunningham won the saddle bronc competition with a score of 124. In the long course he won first with a score of 66 and he won first in the short course with a score of 58.
Mikena Schauer won the goat tether with a total time of 12.9 seconds. After placing sixth in the long lap with a time of 6.6 seconds, Schauer improved on the short lap to take first place with a time of 6.3 seconds.
Rope Three Irons also won first place for MSU-N. With his partner Taggart Hammons of Northwest College, he won the team’s first place in stringing with a total time of 16.6 seconds. In the short first leg, they took first place with a time of 4.5 seconds. As this is their only home rodeo this season, the home crowd should be more than happy with MSU-N’s performance.
“It was amazing to see the crowd and then to see the support the community gave to the team,” said Kallenberger. “We haven’t managed to get three main champions in one rodeo yet and doing it in front of our home crowd was pretty special.”
Other MSU-N pilots were successful this weekend. Lincoln Yarama was second on the tie-rope with a total time of 22.1 seconds. Chance Story was fifth on the tie-down line. Callahan Otoupalik was fourth in the breakaway with a total time of 9.3 seconds.
MSU’s Sage Kohr won the tug-of-war breakaway while MSU’s Caleb Berquist took first place in the tie-down rope with a total time of 20.9 seconds. Kaleb Norstrom won first place in bareback riding with a total score of 148. MSU riders also won the steer wrestling and barrel race while Kolby Currin won the steer wrestling with a total time of 8, 9 seconds and Shai McDonald won the barrel race with a time of 26.35 seconds. MSU’s Shelby Rasmussen was named top female rider this weekend while MCC’s Cole Trexler and Daylon Danks were named top male rider this weekend.
MSU-N rodeo teams only have one more rodeo this fall before their mid-season break. They will then participate this weekend in a rodeo at the UMW in Dillon. With their performances last weekend and all the adversity they faced, Kallenberger feels confident about his riders’ situation.
“It was just a big confidence factor. It shows me the maturity of these kids in that mindset even of incoming freshmen. That they can block things for a turn or a turn. The pain, grief or whatever they’re dealing with, they can just block it, ”Kallenberger said.
The MSU-N Rodeo will then compete in the UMW Rodeo in Dillon this Friday and Saturday to end the fall portion of their 2021-22 season.