As she roped her calf in 2.4 seconds in the short-go of breakaway roping, Dickinson State freshman Lacey Forsness moved into first place.
Next in the lineup, was Blue Hawks sophomore Jade Boote. Boote burst through the barrier and roped the calf nearly instantly, recording a blazing-fast time of 2.2 seconds. Combined with her earlier mark of 2.8, Boote totaled five seconds, putting her in first place.
Two more ropers followed Boote, but couldn't best her result, giving the Binford native the title at the Blue Hawks Stampede at the Stark County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4.
"My day went really well, I was up in the 1 o'clock performance and knew I needed to make a smooth run. I ended up getting 2.8," Boote said. "Tonight, I was 2.2 to win the short go and the average, so it was a great day. ... It was a bit crazy. I maybe should have saw him a bit farther out so I didn't push the barrier so much, but it all worked out in the end."
Saturday's rodeo concluded the college season, so Boote not only earned a buckle for the win that day, but another for the season all-around. With a total of 510 points, she finished second overall in breakaway roping in the Great Plains Region, sending her to Casper, Wyo., to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo on June 9-15.
In the national standings, Boote is No. 11 overall, while Teisha Coffield of the University of Wyoming is in first with 730 points on the season.
Boote, who attended the CNFR last year as a spectator, hopes to bring her usual tactic into the bigger arena to find success.
"I just need to see him move. These cows move pretty good, run pretty hard," Boote said. "I just saw him move and watch the shoulder, just rope the shoulder."
She isn't the only one making the trip down to Casper, though.
Junior Clay Jorgenson won bareback riding with a two-run score of 171, earning a 78 in the short-go. His success gave him a season total of 1,130 points, just 10 points behind bareback champion Nicholas Pelek of Iowa Central Community College.
Ahead of the CNFR in Casper, the Watford City product is ranked No. 13 in the nation.
"Jade and Clay both won the events here at our rodeo and it was just a good day, a good rodeo," Dickinson State rodeo head coach Eudell Larsen said.
The Blue Hawk Stampede, which was named the Great Plains Rodeo of the Year, saw other riders from the host team do well.
Forsness ended up taking second in breakaway roping. The Gladstone native also earned eighth in barrel racing with a total time of 46.17 seconds. In her second run, 10 seconds were added as she knocked the second and third barrel over.
Sophomore Sterling Lee, who was header while Cass Lytle of Black Hills State was heeler, earned fifth among all headers on Saturday. The pair roped the steer in an impressive 6.6 seconds in the short go, and Lee ended with a rodeo total of 24.3.
Alissa Dworshak, a senior from Dickinson, finished seventh in goat tying with an 18.3.
Men's team: 1, Mid-Plains Community College 790. 2, South Dakota State 590. 3, Black Hills State 440. 4, Iowa Central Community College 395. 5, Sisseton-Wahpeton College 255. 6, Dickinson State 230. 7, Nebraska College of Tech. Ag. 170. 8, University of Neb. - Lincoln 140. 9, North Dakota State 30.
Women's team: 1, Black Hills State 710. 2, Dickinson State 350. 3, North Dakota State 100. 4, South Dakota State 85. 5, Mid-Plains 45. 6, Mitchell Tech. Institute 10.
Men's all-around: 1, Clay Bauer, MP, 230.
Women's all-around: 1, Emilee Pauley, BHS, 275. 6, Lacey Forsness, DSU, 160.
Saddle Bronc: 1, Paden Sexton, SDSU, 58.
Bareback: 1, Clay Jorgenson, DSU, 141. 2, Nicholas Jordan, ICC, 139.
Bull riding: 1, Koby Jacobson, MP, 69.
Tie down roping: 1, Collin Palmer, BHS, 23.9.
Steer wrestling: 1, Austin Madison, MP, 10.7.
Team roping header: 1, Scott Halverson, SDSU, 17.6. 5, Sterling Lee, DSU, 24.3.
Team roping heeler: 1, John Draper, MP, 19.5.
Barrel racing: 1, Taylor Hanson, BHS, 35.71. 8, Lacey Forsness, DSU, 46.17.
Breakaway roping: 1, Jade Boote, DSU, 5. 2, Lacey Forsness, DSU, 5.3. 3, Pauley, BHS, 5.8. 7, Danielle Foss, 15.6. 8, Jada Maher, 3.7.
Goat tying: 1, Carlee Johnston, BHS, 14.8. 7, Allisha Dworshak, DSU, 18.3.