TORRINGTON, Wyoming — March 28, 2022 — For the second straight weekend, Chadron State College senior Teigan Marchant, of Newcastle, Wyo., won steer wrestling at a Central Rocky Mountains area rodeo. His last victory came at the Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo in Torrington last weekend, while the previous week he took top honors at the Gillette College Rodeo.
The two wins propelled Marchant to the top of the region’s steer wrestling rankings.
Chadron State has also had more success at the EWC rodeo, where Rylee Naprstek from Gothenburg, Neb., and Taylor Brink of Reva, SD, placed second and third, respectively, among the 98 breakaway stringers.
Marchant finished tied for third and fourth in the first round of steer wrestling at Torrington with a run of 5.9 seconds. He finished first in the championship round on Sunday with a flat mark of 4 seconds to win the event. He has now amassed 390 points for the season to take the lead in the “doggin” standings for the 2021-22 season.
The competition is tough. Bernie Girard, an Alliance native who attends Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, is second with 370 points and the University of Wyoming’s Austin Hurlburt is third with 360. There are three more rodeos in the area this spring.
Naprstek grabbed its first calf in Torrington in 2.5 seconds to place third in the round and roped in the second Sunday in 2.9 to tie for first and finish second in the standings. She’s a freshman and this is the first time she’s been placed on a breakaway in a college rodeo.
Brink, who is a senior, has “been there and done this” before. She tied for fourth and fifth in the first lap last weekend in 2.7 seconds and finished fourth in the final in 3.1 to claim third place overall. She had placed in the breakaway at three of the previous six rodeos this season, and is now fourth in the regional standings with 255 points.
The breakaway leader and also the EWC Rodeo winner is Emily Knust of Gillette College with a whopping 460 points.
Another Chadron State cowgirl, Sierra Lee of Rhame, ND, was among the 10 finalists in the breakaway at Torrington with a 2.9-second run on the first lap, but she didn’t grab her second calf. Also, the CSC cowboy Tanner McInerney of Hulett, Wyo., caught both of his calves in a tie-down rope, but he didn’t finish in the top six in the final standings.
Colorado State University in Fort Collins will host this weekend’s rodeo in the area.