Four Natrona County Student Athletes Sign LOI

Four Natrona County Mustangs put the ink to paper to take their next step in their athletic careers. Carson Johnson committed to rodeo for Casper College next year. It was an easy choice for him, as his Dad and world champion team roper, Jhett Johnson, is the T-Birds' Rodeo Coach. Carson says he owes it all to his Dad.

"Everything I know, he's been there since I was born for the first 18 years of my life to get me to where I am now," said Carson Johnson.

Carson will follow in his father's footsteps and team rope next year. His older brother, Kellan, also team ropes, but for Gillette College, and he won the national title last year here in Casper.

"There's some big shoes to fill. I'm just going to go out there and compete and do the best I can," said Carson.

Another NC senior committed to rodeo next year is Alex Braunsroth. She will compete in barrel racing at Eastern Wyoming College.

"It's a small town, and I'm definitely going to have a lot to learn and do because I don't know anyone there, and it'll be fun to get to be with a bunch of more ranch kids and everything else," said Braunsroth.

And now that Braunsroth is committed, it was an emotional day for her.

"It's been a dream for a long time to go to college and be able to rodeo on their team," said Braunsroth.

A couple of Mustangs also signed to throw for Chadron State College next season. Brendon Gustafson was a state champion football player with the Mustangs, but he's excited for his track future throwing the shot put and discus.

"College football... I was kind of back and forth on it. But I love track. I've been doing it ever since middle school, and it's just always been my thing," said Gustafson.

Sierra Forsyth will join Gustafson at Chadron and will also be throwing the shot and discus and hammer throws. But for her, this decision was about more than just sports.

"I just really liked how they made me feel there and they have a really good Pre-Med program which is what I'm going for, so that was a big part of choosing where to go to school. Not only for sports but for academics," Forsyth said.