“We had a good rodeo,” said NWC head coach Del Nose.
The cowboys and cowgirls are now halfway through the fall with only two more rodeos left. In the spring, NWC will compete in four more rodeos to determine what teams and which individuals will be able to attend the College Nationals Finals Rodeo.
The top two teams in each of the 11 regions — as well as the top three athletes in each event — get to compete at the CNFR.
As a team, the Trappers finished behind only Montana State University.
In the Big Sky Region, NWC sits in second place with 1,690 points; Montana State leads with 1,991 points — increasing their lead by only 100 points from the week before. This time last year, the Trappers found themselves about 900 points behind the leader.
McMillan won the all-around with 240 points, 50 points ahead of second place finisher Carson King of Montana State University.
In bull riding, Marc Dorendorf finished third with 74 points and Scott Moss placed sixth with 69 points.
For tie-down roping in Glendive, Jake Griffel finished fifth and Levi Mydland placed seventh.
The team roping duo of Dawson Cvancara as header and Griffel as heeler finished fourth with a time of 23.4 seconds; Bubba Boots (header) and Matt Williams finished fifth in the event with 24.2 seconds.
The team of Boots and Williams held onto their lead position for the Big Sky Region with 235.5 points while Cvancara and Griffel are in third place with 158.5 points. Also in the regional standings are Mydland and McMillan, who sit in 14th place with 50 points.
McMillan finished second in the saddle bronc with 109 points and bull riding with 78 points. He also finished ninth in steer wrestling with a time of 11.8 seconds.
“Caleb [McMillan] had a really good rodeo,” said Nose.
In the Big Sky Region, McMillan is in fifth place in saddle bronc with 189 points, second in bull riding with 207.5 points (jumping up from fifth place), 13th in steer wrestling with 60 points and sixth in tie-down roping with 120 points.
Boots currently leads the region in all-around with 449.50 points. He also ranks third in steer wrestling, with 214 points.
As a team, the Lady Trappers tied for third with the University of Providence with 140 points. Montana State University won with 300. In the Big Sky Region, NWC ranks fourth with 404.5 points.
Braily Newman tied for fourth place in breakaway roping and Kaitlyn Neggard tied for sixth in breakaway roping.
In the Big Sky Region, Brooke Winward sits in second place in the breakaway with 165.5 points and Newman is tied for 14th with 60 points.
Goat tying regional standings place Scout Yochum in ninth with 88 points and Newman in 14th with 41 points.
Also competing in the rodeo was Powell’s Bryce Bott, who rides for Montana State University. Bott finished second in the tie-down roping and third in the Big Sky Region.
This weekend the rodeo teams will head to Havre to compete in the Montana State University Northern Rodeo on Friday and Saturday.
“We’ll see if we can come home with a ‘W,’” Nose said of the rodeo. “Looking forward to it.”