As of the Wednesday, Sept. 21, standings, Northwest College rodeo is sitting pretty on the men’s side, while the Lady Trappers have some ground to make up.
Montana State currently leads the men’s standings with 1,663.5 points; Northwest is close behind in second with 1,459 points, 80 points ahead of third-place University of Montana Western, which has 1,379.
The margin on the women’s side is pretty spread out, as Montana State University is nearly 800 points out in front with 1,835.5, with second-place Western totaling 1,061, and another drop-off of more than 600 points to Miles Community College in third at 413.5.
The Lady Trappers currently reside in seventh place with 78.33.
For the men, Northwest’s Bubba Boots sits alone atop the all-around with 640.5 points and Weston Mann is in seventh in saddle bronc riding with 78.5 points.
Caleb McMillan is second in bull riding at 196, while leader Chase Dougherty of Montana State leads with 383 points.
Trapper Davis Cutter is a bit back with 130 points, in sixth place.
Boots is also in the running in the tie down roping event, sitting in sixth with 160 in what is a crowded and closely contested leaderboard.
Just 69 points stands between Boots and front-runner George Marcenko of Northern Montana’s 229 total.
Boots currently ranks third in steer wrestling at 211.5, 111 points behind Montana State’s Trevin Baumann and is second in Team Rope Header with 269 points, a mere 21 points behind leader Dalton Carr of Montana State.
“Bubba had an awesome rodeo at Helena and won the all-around,” head coach Del Nose said. “He is always focused, works hard in practice and just makes it work every time out.”
Mann is a bit further back in points, with 145, but is just one slot behind Boots in third place.
Matthew Williams and Emilio Reyna are currently second and third, respectively, in team rope heeler.
Category leader Michael Vines of Montana State has 290 points, while Williams is at 269 and Reyna has 145.
Lady Trapper Sierra Lyons is in seventh place in goat tying with 75 points.
“We’ve had a couple of really good events recently, and we hope to keep that momentum going and keep climbing the ladder,” Nose said. “Heading into Dillon, we want to finish the fall season strong and be in a good position for the spring season. For the girls, we have the talent, but just have to give them the eye of the tiger and keep them focused so they can step up and be competitive.”
Next up will be the University of Montana Western competition in Dillon, Montana, running this weekend, Fri. Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, where Northwest will look to mix up those standings a bit more.