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Buster Men’s Rodeo team places third at SEOSU

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The Garden City Community College Rodeo Teams were back in action over the weekend at the Southeast Oklahoma State University Intercollegiate Rodeo, with the Garden City Men’s team taking third place behind Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Trenton Turner and Chase Gibbs were second in the long go, second in the short go, and second in the average in the Team Roping.

Hunter Basye was third in the long go of Steer Wrestling, missed his short go steer, and finished seventh in the average.

Logan Patterson was seventh in both Go Rounds and finished seventh in the average in Bareback Riding.

Rodeos on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association(NIRA) circuit include Friday and Saturday night performances, each called a “long go,” followed by a championship round Sunday, called the “short go,” for top contenders from the two preliminary rounds.

Men’s events include tie down roping, formerly known as calf roping; steer wrestling, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Women's events include barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping. Team roping takes place as a coed event.

The balance of the spring segment includes the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Rodeo, Weatherford, April 10-12; Fort Hays State University Rodeo, April 18-20; and Panhandle State University Rodeo, Guymon, Okla., April 24-26.

Top teams and riders who qualify will meet June 15-21 at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., which draws competitors from all 11 regions of the NIRA. GCCC has had contenders at nationals the past five summers, including the entire women’s team in 2011.