Dickinson, ND-DSU freshman Blue Hawk Sterling Lee didn't let nerves deter him at his first-ever college rodeo at the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He entered the rodeo with confidence and led the men's team in points by earning first place in the steer wrestling and splitting first and second place in the tie-down roping. Lee also won the men's all-around title for the weekend. Senior Chance Glass also added to the team points by placing third in the tie-down roping. Junior Lane Berg placed eighth in the long go of the steer wrestling and freshman Jayden Olson contributed by pulling fourth place in the bareback riding. The bull riders and saddle bronc riders all hit the dirt with no one earning a score. The combined efforts of the men earned the DSU Men's Team first place at the rodeo.
The female Blue Hawks had some tough luck at their first rodeo. Seniors Kalli Post and Meagan Raty had good run in the team roping but the barrier tripped them up and cost them a spot in the short go. Junior Jami Derflinger had a smoking run in the barrel racing and earned a spot in the short go, but her horse came up lame. She let her horse, Jazz, rest and heal up and she will be ready to compete in North Platte, Neb., next weekend. Junior Allisha Dworshak split fifth and sixth place in both the long go and the short go of the goat tying and ended up seventh in the average. The women are ready to bounce back and have a better rodeo next weekend.
The Blue Hawks hit the road for the Mid-Plains Community College Stampede Rodeo in North Platte, Neb., September 15-16, 2017.