Miami, Okla. - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) spring Rodeo season continues as the team recently traveled to Weatherford, Okla., and Garden City, Kan., for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) and Garden City Community College Rodeos. Riders competed against schools in the Central Plains Region and NEO riders and the men's team won the junior college division at SWOSU, led by buckle winners Joshua Pool and Laramie Warren.
Pool, a sophomore from Fairland, has been a consistent top-ten finisher and he earned his buckle in tie-down roping with a total combined time of 18.9 seconds. After finishing fifth in the long round, he blazed back to take first in the short round and average. Laramie Warren, a sophomore steer wrestler from Adair, Okla., who has been a staple of NEO Rodeo, joined pool in earning a buckle. Placing fourth the long round, he fought to pick up first in the short round and the average.
Along with the buckle winners, Rowdy McFall earned second in team roping, Ben Piazza took third in tie-down roping, and Steven Richmond qualified for the short round in steer wrestling. Combined, the team scored 300 points, clearing Fort Scott Community College by thirty points and Colby Community College by nearly 250 points.
The men's team also several top-ten finishes at the Garden City Rodeo, with Pool taking fourth and Ben Piazza taking seventh in tie-down roping, Steven Richmond qualifying for the short round in steer wrestling, and Ethan Griffin and Brady Hagler qualifying for the short round in team roping.
The NEO women also had success at the two rodeos, with Freshman Business Administration Major Amber Scales taking third at SWOSU and seventh at Garden City. Scales is currently sitting in fourth in the Central Plains Region. Along with Scales, Shelby Hicks qualified for the short round at SWOSU in barrel racing. Lauren Brock also made the short round in SWOSU for goat tying and Katelyn King made the short round in Weatherford in breakaway roping.
"This was a great win for our men's team," said Kolby Ungeheuer, head rodeo coach. "We have been close all year and it's great to finally take a first place team title home! We had several individuals strengthen their standings position towards making this year's CNFR in Casper, WY this summer. With two rodeos left in our season to qualify, hopefully we can keep it going and finish strong!"
Photo - From left: Coach Kolby Ungeheuer, Rowdy McFall, Shelby Hicks, Ben Piazza, Katelyn King, Laramie Warren, Amber Scales, Josh Pool, Britney Wiggins, Steven Richmond