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Bulldog Rodeo Has Strong Fall Season, Numerous Bulldogs In Regional Rankings

UMW Sports Press Release

The University of Montana Western rodeo team recently completed their

fall season at the Montana Western Home Rodeo that was held Sept. 29 through the 30. The

Bulldog men took home the team title on the weekend. The Bulldog women finished in fifth


There are numerous athletes on the team who are in the regional rankings in their respective

events at the end of the fall. The men's rodeo team is just 42 points behind the top spot in the

men’s team standings. The Bulldog women sit in fifth.

Sophomore reigning Big Sky Region bull riding champion Gavin Knutson is in the top rankings

for men’s all-around with 830 points. Senior and 2023 CNFR qualifier Jhet Murphy sits in

second with 599.5 points. Junior transfer from Gillette College Jake Deveraux claims third with 487 total points.

Knutson is also the top bull rider in the region with a total of 470 points. He is the lone Bulldog

in the bull riding standings.

Two-time CNFR qualifier and reigning Big Sky Region bareback champion Trevor Kay is the

top rider in the region, totaling 820 points and leading the next rider by 253 points.

Three Bulldog men claim spots in saddle bronc riding. Freshman Cade Costello sits in fourth

overall with 348 points. Junior and two-time CNFR qualifier Carson Klingler claims sixth with

184 points. Transfer junior Cole Trexler sits just behind in seventh with 92 points.

Four Bulldog men find placings in tie down roping. Knutson is the top Bulldog in the event. He

sits in third with a total of 250 points. Deveraux sits in fifth with 210 points. Senior Luke

Murphy totals 196 and is in seventh. Sophomore Cooper Pavkov claims 14th with 88.5 points.

In steer wrestling, Jhet Murphy leads the Bulldog men. He has a total of 304.5 points and sits in third place. Senior Coby King is in sixth with 185 points. Senior Garret Yeager totals 98 points and is in 12th.

There are numerous Bulldogs who claim spots in team roping, seven as headers and six as

heelers. UMW claims the third through fifth placings with headers Jhet Murphy in third with 295 points, Deveraux in fourth with 277 points and Pavkov in fifth with 246 points. Knutson claims tenth as header with 110 points, freshman Carson Daniels takes 13th with 88 points, sophomore Everitt Mauler is in 13th with 88 points, and freshman Waylan White is in 15th with 69 points.

Bulldog heeler and senior Teegan Leno is in fourth with 277 points. Luke Murphy claims fifth in heeling with 246 points. Trexler is in 10th as a heeler with 110 points, Costello is in 13th with 88 points, and Klingler is in 15th with 69 points.

Senior Shelby Poorman is the lone Bulldog in the rankings for barrel racing. She is in 12th in the standings with a total of 90 points.

Four Bulldog women claim spots in the individual rankings for breakaway roping. Senior TaLyn Neville is in fourth place overall with a total of 186.5 points. Junior transfer Erin McGinley follows closely behind in 5th with 180 points. Freshman Desi Coombs totaled 110 points this fall and places herself in 8th in the standings. Tynell Mclnenly rounds out the standings in 15th and totals 88 points.

Three Bulldog women are in the goat tying top standings. Sophomore Tavy Leno is in fifth

overall with 225 points. Mclnenly sits in 10th with 117.5 points and sophomore Kylie Lund is in

15th with 55 points in the event.

National Rankings

To view the national NIRA rankings, click here.

Looking Ahead

The Bulldog rodeo team will be preparing for the second half of their season that begins in

Bozeman, Mont. at the Montana State University Spring Rodeo.

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