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he Black Hills State University rodeo team had their best fin- ish this season at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison Stampede Rodeo. The men tied for first place and the women earned a second place finish. Currently both the BHSU men’s

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and women’s teams are ranked sec- ond in the Great Plains Region, the top two teams will qualify for the national finals.

At the NDSU Bison Stampede

Rodeo Tyler Manke, freshman from Hermosa, won the saddle bronc riding title with 142 points; Chuck Schmidt, sophomore from Keldron, finished fourth.

Jake Smith, junior from

Whitewood, earned second place in bareback riding with a total of 140 points.

Manke also earned a second place finish in the bull riding event with a score of 77. Tye Hale, freshman from White

The BHSU rodeo team had their best finish this season at the North Dakota State University Bison Stampede Rodeo. Team members are: Back row, left to right: Mason Dietterle, Chuck Schmidt, Taylor Williams, Ty Manke, PJ Painter, Jake Smith, Cody Kingston, Kyle Albers, Zach Robinson, and Curtis Robinson; middle row: Coach Glen Lammers, Tye Hale, Marvin Heesacker, AnnaMae Lang, Cheryl Cowan, Kacey Till, Krystal Marone, Jillian Gropper, and Mica Wade; front row: Jessica Painter, Assistant Coach Megan Steiger, Haley Anderson, Kayleen Searer, Lisa Bauer, Annie Goetschel, Amanda Nelson, Lacey Paper, and Amy Holmes.

Owl, won the first round in calf roping with a time of 9.3. P.J. Painter, junior from Buffalo, won second place in the steer wrestling event with a total time of 10.1. Marvin Heesacker, junior from Gillette, Wyo., was the winner of the


he Black Hills State University men’s and women’s cross country teams placed eighth and fifteenth respectively at the 2008 National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) cross country national champion- ships.

The men's team was led by Cody Bordewyk, senior from Livermore, Colo., who placed twelfth with a personal best time of 24:47. Wendy O’Lexey, junior from Rock

Springs, Wyo., led the women's team with a personal best time of 17:55 to place nine- teenth.Both runners earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year. The top three scoring runners for the men at the meet included Mark Mazza, junior from Cheyenne, Wyo. - (50th/25:37); Jed Morgan, freshman from Loveland, Colo. - (92nd/25:58); and KC Fiedler, junior from George, Iowa - (104th/26:02).

long-round with a time of 4.6 and Hale tied for fourth place with a total time of 10.6. Painter and Heesacker took second place in team roping with a time of 19.0. Taylor Williams, freshman from Spearfish, earned fourth place in the average team roping event.

Cross country finishes season at nationals

There were 331 total runners in the men’s race.

The top three runners in

the women's race was Shelli Scheffler, junior from Lovell, Wyo. - (39th/18:19); Katie Cook, junior from Cheyenne, Wyo. - (158th/19:26); and


Verhulst, senior from Ralph - (168th/19:31). The women’s race had a total of 327 runners. Verhulst; Kerry Nekuda, senior from Cheyenne, Wyo.; Scheffler; Mazza and Birch Haraden, junior from Billings, Mont.; all earned NAIA Academic All-Scholar honors. Verhulst and Bordewyk

were recognized as the Champions of Character representatives for BHSU.

Black Hills State University Alumni Magazine Page 30 BHSU men's and women's rodeo team ranked second in Great Plains Region

Jillian Gropper, soph- omore from Spearfish, was awarded fifth place in barrel racing followed by teammate Krystal Marone, freshman from Isabel, with a sixth place finish.

Amy Holmes, fresh- man from Oregon, Wis., earned third place in breakaway roping with a total time of 7.1; and Lacey Paper, freshman from Stanhope, Iowa, finished with sixth place.

Holmes took third place in goat tying with a total time of 13.3; Annie Goetschel, freshman from Nerstrand, Minn., earned fourth with a time of 13.9; and Marone finished fifth with a total time of 14.4. Manke earned third place in the all-around standings. His teammates

Painter, Heesacker, and Hale finished fourth through sixth respectively. In the women’s all-around standings Holmes earned second place followed by teammate Marone for the third place finish.

Long named head football coach B

lack Hills State University has named Jay Long as head football coach for the Yellow Jackets. Long has been known for his energetic coaching style while serving the past six years as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for the Yellow Jackets, under the direction of John Scott, who resigned last December. Long has helped develop one of the top offenses in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). The past two years the Yellow Jacket offense has been a leader in the DAC, earning recognition as one of the top three in total offense, and number one in rushing with a total of six all-conference offensive linemen. Jhett Albers, athletic director at BHSU, says the


University is fortunate to have someone with Long’s abili- ties to assume leadership for the Yellow Jacket football team.

“We believe that Coach Jay Long provides the leader-

ship, work ethic, respect, and vision to maintain the suc- cess of the Yellow Jacket football program into the future,” Albers says. “We are excited to name him as the new head football coach at Black Hills State University.”

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