Four LCCC athletes appear in Day One of the College National Finals Rodeo
Casper, Wyo. (Press Release) - The Laramie County Community College rodeo team started competition on Sunday afternoon at the College National Finals Rodeo. Four Golden Eagles began their journey in Bulls, Broncs, and Breakaway.
Payton Feyder was the first Golden Eagle out and the first breakaway rider of the day, and she showed just how ready she was, roping her calf in 3.0 seconds which was good for third in her group.
“I’m super excited to have the first one out of the way,” she said. “The first one is the one I’m always most stressed about, so to have this one under my belt feels really good.”
After the first go wrapped up, Feyder found herself in 27th place out of the 45 women who recorded a score.
“Payton started off really well, stayed flat and just took care of business,” Head Coach Seth Glause said.
Also getting a good score in his opening go was Sage Miller, who rode Big Lady to a score of 63.5 and was only one of four in his ten-rider group to stay on all eight seconds. Miller said he was hoping for a bigger score to open the rodeo.
“You know, it didn’t quite go as great as I planned it, but I got by one. I have two more still, so hopes are still high that the next one is a little bit better.”
The big step next for Miller is making sure he puts in two more scores. While getting good scores is important, getting all three rounds would most likely book him a spot in the finals on Saturday, June 18th.
“Sage has to keep doing what he was doing today and just keep riding horses,” said Glause.
Miller finds himself in 17th place after the first go, only eight points out of 12th place. Only 20 out of 39 riders were able to post a qualifying score.
Stefan Tonita was unable to stay on his bull Jessie James, getting bucked in just over 4 seconds. Tonita, who has been in this position before, said he’s already looking forward to round two on Tuesday.
“I’m staying positive for the next one. I have two more and make the most of it from here on out,” Tonita said.
Glause echoed the sentiment, saying it’s all about getting on the next one and getting a good draw.
There is plenty of room to join the finals after the first go of bull riding. Only five riders were able to stay on for the full eight seconds, with 25 riders still looking for a qualifying score.
Also finding a tough first go was Hayden Madsen, who closed out the day for the Golden Eagles. Her steer jumped to the left late and was able to slip her lasso.
“Things didn’t really go as planned, but I just have to think about the next one and move on,” she said.
“For Hayden, she just has to go with the rounds now and just try to do the best she can,” said Glause.
Madsen was one of 20 women who failed to rope their calf during the first go.
The four Golden Eagles in today’s matinees will have Monday off before all of them return for slack on Tuesday. Bernard Girard will be the only LCCC athlete on the list for Monday, as he will get his first chance to steer wrestle around midday.
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