Dickinson State rodeo teams rein in results at Black Hills event

Dual events help Blue Hawks tie down solid performances, numerous DSU athletes riding high among competitors

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DSU rodeo teams are headed for the postseason and competed over the weekend in South Dakota.
File Photo by Colton Pool

SPEARFISH, SD – Dickinson State’s rodeo teams are gearing up for the postseason, and the teams fared pretty well last weekend at the Black Hills State University rodeo events from April 27 to 28 and 28 to 29. In the April 27-28 event, the men’s team finished in seventh place with 246 points and the women’s team was third with 171.

DSU’s Kelly Jo Bang took fourth in the women’s all-around by taking seventh in barrel-racing and eighth in breakaway-roping.

But there were a few performances in the opening event that drew notice, including Dalton Praus’s second-place score of 72 in the bull-riding event, which was only 3 points behind the winner, Lathan DeMontigny of North Dakota State University. Blue Hawks bull-rider Izaak Boekelman also performed well with a third-place 71-point showing in the event, while Jory Boote earned first-place with a 9.9 score in tie-down roping.

The team-roping heeler event featured a fifth-place finish for Cayden Kling with a 12.8, while teammate Trey Bohlman locked down seventh with a 13.4. In breakaway-roping, DSU’s Morgan Foss took home a tie for first-place with teammate Jade Boote with a 2.7 score, while Chloe Munsen was fourth in the event with a 2.9.

In event #2, the Blue Hawks women’s team finished with a second-place 265 and the men took sixth-place with 160 points.


Blue Hawk standout Chasyn Ystas took first-place with a 18.2 score in the team-roping header event, and Bang was first in barrel-racing with a 27.61 effort. DSU’s Keah Munsen tied down a fifth-place showing with an 8.6 in breakaway-roping and teammate Kiarra Reiss was sixth with a 2.7 score, while Kailyn Groves earned a fifth-place with a 17.1 result in goat-tying.

With nine events finished for the 2022-23 season so far, the Blue Hawks women's team is currently placing first in the standings with 2,229.33, a little less than 250 points ahead of second-place Black Hills State University. The men's team is sitting at third-place overall at 3,686, just over 200 points behind second-place Black Hills State University.

Bang is hovering in second place in the overall standings for this season with 760 points, and is nipping at the heels of Cashae McGee of BHSU's 821 points, while Foss is sixth in the overall standings with 446 points.

Two rodeo competitors are currently in the top-7 for the men's side, with Kling scoring 609 on the season and Boote coming in with 490 so far with one regular-season rodeo remaining.

Mason Hood is third-overall in saddle-bronc riding with 390 points and Chance also is performing well for DSU with 630 in bareback-riding, while teammates Tanner Jarrett and Kling are sitting at 520 and 270 in bareback. Praus is third-place in bull-riding with 316 and Boekelman is sixth with 187, while teammate Jack Rodenbaugh is now tied for eighth-place at 110 points.

In tie-down roping, DSU's Jory Boote is seventh with 280 points on the season, and Clay Gerhardt is 13th with 150, while Ystaas is sitting in the lead with 565 points in team-roping for the header side with Gerhardt tied for third with 375 and Foss in 12th with 210. For the team-roping heelers, Kling is sixth overall with 319 points and Jory Boote is 11th at 210 points.

Bang is in fourth-place with 482 points in barrel racing, overall. amd her teammate Kiarra Reiss is 11th at 245 points, and Bang also is placing at fifth in breakaway-roping 278 and Jade Boote is right behind her in sixth with 276 and Foss stands at eighth with 236 and in goat-tying Groves is second with 680 points overall.

Next up for the Blue Hawks rodeo teams will be a trip to the University of Nebraska this weekend from May 5 to 6 in Lincoln.


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Gaylon is a sportswriter from Jensen Beach, Fla., but has lived all over the world. Growing up with an athletic background gave him a love of sports that led to a journalism career in such places as Enid, Okla., Alamogordo, N.M., Pascagoula, Miss. and Viera, Fla. since 1998. His main passion is small-town community sports, particularly baseball and soccer.
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