Spring season is coming up for the Laramie County Community College rodeo team after a short break over Christmas, and first-year head coach Seth Glause said he couldn’t be more excited to get back from the break.
During the fall season, the Golden Eagles were plagued with injuries. The break was something that the team needed, according to Glause.
“In the fall we’re hurting. We used the break to get better, healthy and get prepared for a successful spring season,” Glause said.
Glause’s excitement is also shared with his team.
“The spring is when everything heats up… everything in the spring becomes more competitive, everyone tries to make that push for the finals,” sophomore standout Houston Brown said.
Brown is one of the athletes that used the break to get healthy. Brown was one of the Golden Eagles supreme athletes in the 2017-18 season, as he won LCCC’s Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo. Brown was also sitting in the top five in the saddle bronc standings before re-injuring his shoulder. Brown dislocated his shoulder dismounting from a horse and required surgery, ending his spring ‘18 season. Brown used the summer and fall to get healthy and said he is now back to full capacity and looks to make an impact this spring.
“I plan on taking advantage of every opportunity I can this semester and try to get better every chance I get,” Brown said.
According to Glause, the men’s team did have a successful fall season as Rance Johnson and Austin Hurlburt placed in the top five in numerous events last fall.
Hurlburt won the tie-down roping event at the Lamar College Rodeo on Oct. 5-7 in Lamar, Colorado. Hurlburt averaged 22.2 seconds on two runs. Hurlburt currently sits in sixth place in the Central Rocky Mountain Region Standings. In that same rodeo, Brock Belkham took third in the steer wrestling event with a time of 9.8 seconds on two runs. Belkham is someone that Glause said he is looking forward to watching compete this spring.
“Man, Brock just needs some luck. Brock is one of best guys that ties guys from the post,” Glause said.
Along with Hurlburt, Johnson also won a rodeo, winning the tie-down roping at the Sheridan College rodeo. Johnson had an average of 20.5 seconds on two runs. Johnson currently sits in third in the CRMR tie-down roping standings with 235 points.
As a team the men sit in seventh place in the CRMR with 1,145 points.
On the women’s side, they look to be led by sophomores Caydee Johnson, Sydney Graff and Georgie Lane Lage. All three sophomores are in the top 15 in their events. To make the CNFR, a contestant must make the top three in their event.
Like the men, the women sit in seventh place in the CRMR team standings.
The CNFR is held each year in late June in Casper.