Iowa Central wraps up successful fall rodeo season

Photo by Paul DeCoursey: The Iowa Central men's rodeo team closed the fall season ranked second nationally.

Bridget Lambright-Coleman and the Iowa Central rodeo team put an exclamation point on a strong fall.

The Tritons won both the men’s and women’s team titles at the Dickinson State University rodeo, adding to previously won titles earlier this fall.

Iowa Central finishes out this portion of its schedule with the men ranked first in the Great Plains Region and the women sixth. On the national level, the Triton men are second and the women 23rd.

“It’s just been an incredible fall,” Lambright-Coleman said. “The kids are so talented and honestly, we haven’t even clicked on all cylinders at a single rodeo yet. So for us to have done as well as we have without doing that, I can’t wait to see it happen.”

Athletes are also ranked both all-around and in each event they compete. Regionally, Scott Halverson is second in the all-around to lead Iowa Central with Sage Vance first in bull riding and John Allen (saddle bronc), Cody Cole (bareback riding), Halverson (tie down, team roping header) and Tori Jacobs (goat tying) all second in their respective events.

Drew Lind (bareback riding) Lane Berkenmeier (bull riding) are each third.

Vance sits first in the nation in bull riding with Berkenmeier 15th, Lind 20th and Brody McReynolds 23rd.

Halverson is third in tie down roping, fifth in team roping header and sixth in the all-around.

Allen third in saddle bronc riding and Jacobs third in goat tying.

Cole is fifth in bareback riding with Lind 12th. Nathan Pelke is 13th in team roping header, while Gavin Vondrak is 13th and Coy Nelson 23rd in team roping heeler.

Lind won bull riding on the first night of the rodeo in Dickinson with Vance taking second in the event and Grant Wright third. Jacobs won goat tying.

On the second night of the Dickinson event, Pelke was the men’s all-around winner with Halverson third. Allen won saddle bronc riding, Halverson team roping header and Jacobs goat tying.

Cole (bull riding), Pelke (team roping header) and Vondrak (team roping heeler) had seconds with Pelke (steer wrestling) adding a third.

“It was just a really good way to finish off the fall,” Lambright-Coleman said. “We’ll start back up in the spring with four rodeos in April and May.”

At the home event in September, Iowa Central finished first in the men’s team standings with 610 points. Allen was third in the men’s all-around while also winning saddle bronc riding.

Other top finishes came from Lind (bareback riding) and Vance (bull riding). Keaton Street (bull riding) and Halverson (tie down roping) each had a second.

“We had a really strong showing in our home rodeo, which was a tremendous event to showcase our great student-athletes to the community at,” Lambright-Coleman said. “We’ve gone to Wisconsin, Nebraska and North Dakota, so it was nice to stay close to home and compete.”


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