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Montana Western Rodeo Welcomes 2023-24 Recruiting Class

UMW Sports Press Release

Montana Western Head Rodeo Coach JT Robbins has announced the signing

of 19 student-athletes for the 2023-2024 men's and women's rodeo season.


"We are excited for this year. We have a great group returning and this class will add a lot of

depth to the talent pool; it should be a fun year." Head Coach JT Robbins said.



Racin Allen | Team Roping, Tie Down Roping | Richfield, Idaho / Richard McKenna

Mountain Home High School

Allen is a team and tie down roper who joins the Bulldogs this fall from Richfield, Idaho. Allen

was the district All-Around Cowboy last year while placing first in cutting, reining cow horse,

and second place in tie down and team roping. In 2022, Allen placed fifth at the Idaho High

School Rodeo Association (IHSRA) state rodeo in tie down roping. In 2019, Allen was the Silver State International Rodeo breakaway champion. Outside of rodeo, Allen competed in basketball while in high school, making it to state in 2021. He is the son of John Allen and Romy Allen and plans to pursue a degree in business while at Montana Western.


Morgan Buckingham | Bareback | Miles City, Mont. / Custer County District High School

Buckingham is a bareback rider who joins the Bulldogs from Miles City, Mont. He was a reserve champion bareback rider last year while also competing in wrestling in high school. He was a two-time state qualifier in wrestling and placed fifth at divisional. Buckingham is the son of Marty and Vandie Buckingham and plans to pursue a degree in business.


Desi Coombs | Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Team Roping | Battle Mountain, Nev. /

North Dakota Center for Distance Education

Coombs joins the Bulldogs from Battle Mountain, Nev. Coombs was a three-time qualifier to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, four-time qualifier to the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), the 2022 Nevada State Champion breakaway roper, and was the 2023 Nevada High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) Teskey’s Top Hand winner. Coombs also competed for the Battle Mountain Rodeo Club where she was a seven-time national qualifier. She is the daughter of Duane and Heather Coombs and plans to pursue a degree in psychology while at Montana Western.



Cade Costello | Saddle Bronc, Tie Down Roping. Team Roping | Newel, S.D. / Harding

County High School

Costello joins the Bulldogs from Newell, S.D. Prior to signing with the Bulldog, Costello was

the 2022 South Dakota High School Rodeo Association (SDHSRA) reserve champion saddle

bronc rider. This past year, he was the SDHSRA third place rider and was the Back When They Bucked high school saddle bronc champion. He was also the 2022 NRCA Dupree Bronc Match Champion. He earned academic All-State in football and wrestling, was the FFA president, student council president, class vice president, and earned Gold Honor Roll at Harding County High School. He will be continuing on with the family tradition this fall, competing in saddle bronc, tie down roping, and team roping. Costello is the son of Jake and Holly Costello and will be the tenth member of his family to attend Montana Western. He plans to major in Business while at Montana Western.


Carson Daniels | Team Roping, Tie Down Roping | Elma, Wash. / Montesano High School

Daniels is a team and tie down roper who joins the Bulldogs out of Elma, Wash. He was a top six team roper twice in high school and won the average heading in Coeur D’Alene. Daniels also earned a high school rodeo scholarship. He is the son of Corey and Kellie Daniels and plans to pursue a degree in business.


Jake Deveraux | Team Roping, Tie Down Roping | Newcastle, Wyo. / Newcastle High

School / Gillette College

Deveraux is a team roper and tie down roper who joins the Bulldogs from Newcastle, Wyo.

Deveraux was a 2020 graduate of Newcastle High School where he was a two-time high school state champion tie down roper. He was also a three-time national high school finals rodeo (NHSFR) qualifier. Deveraux competed for Gillette College the last two years, placing 11th in tie down roping last season. Deveraux is the son of Craig and Jolene Deveraux and plans to continue to pursue his business degree at Montana Western.



Cole Gunter | Team Roping | McCammon, Idaho / Isuccee Virtual High School

Gunter is a team roper who joins the Bulldogs from McCammon, Idaho. Gunter was district

champion heeler in back to back years. His junior and senior year, he placed seventh at the Idaho High School Finals Rodeo (IHSFR) and recorded the state arena record with a 4.9. He also recorded the district record last year with a 4.1. Gunter is the son of Matt and Erika Gunter and plans to pursue a degree in environmental science while at Montana Western.


Laura Haight | Barrel Racing / Team Roping | Blackfoot, Idaho / Firth High School

Haight is a barrel racer and team roper who joins the Bulldogs from Blackfoot, Idaho. She earned all-around cowgirl twice in her high school career, earning rookie of the year her freshman year. Her junior season, she was third in team roping and fourth in barrel racing. She placed second in barrel racing her senior year while also graduating ninth in her class. During her time at Firth High School, Haight competed in track and field and earned her FFA chapter degree. She is the daughter of Robin and Mike Haight and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree.


Coby King | Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down | Dillon, Mont. / Beaverhead County

High School

King joins the Bulldogs from Dillon, Mont. and is a 2018 graduate of Beaverhead County High

School. King was a state champion heeler in high school and also competed for the Beavers in football and basketball, earning All-State honors in football as a linebacker. King is the son of Race and Shelly King and plans to compete in team roping, steer wrestling, and tie down roping at Montana Western.



Grace Lerwill | Barrel Racing | Rigby, Idaho / Rigby High School

Lerwill is a barrel racer who joins the Bulldogs from Rigby, Idaho. She was a three-time Idaho

High School Rodeo Association (IHSRA) state qualifier in barrel racing, ISHRA rodeo queen

two years, and was the third attendant queen in 2022. Lerwill also participated in the Golden

Valley Girls Rodeo Association (GVGRA) for five years out of Rexburg, Idaho where she

earned 2020 GVGRA champion barrel racer. Lerwill also competed in basketball while in high

school and was named to the honor roll all four years. She is the daughter of Laura and Brandon Lerwill and plans to major in business while at Montana Western.


Erin McGinley | Breakaway, Barrel Racing | Bozeman, Mont. / Belgrade High School /

Gillette Community College

McGinley is a breakaway roper who joins the Bulldogs as a transfer from Gillette Community

College and a 2021 graduate of Belgrade High School. She was a member of the Pronghorns’

2023 regional championship team last year in the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the NIRA, finishing 11th individually in barrel racing. McGinley is the daughter of Shawn and Kami

McGinley and plans to continue to pursue a degree while at Montana Western.


Tynell Mclnenly | Breakaway, Goat Tying | Vulcan, Alberta / County Central High School

Mclnenly joins the Bulldogs from Vulcan, Alberta. She competed in breakaway and goat tying in high school, becoming a four-time Alberta high school rodeo provincial finalist, twice earning Alberta high school district one reserve season leading breakaway roper, two-time Canadian Finals Breakaway (CFB) qualifier and twice earned rodeo athlete of the year at County Central High School. Mclnenly also competed in basketball in high school while also earning honor roll recognition. She is the daughter of Stacey Mclnenly and plans to pursue a degree in biology.


Breyana Miller | Goat Tying / Breakaway Roping | Eureka, Nev. / Eureka County High

School / Feather River Community College / Cochise Community College

Miller joins the Bulldogs from Eureka, Nev. and as a transfer from Feather River Community

College. She is a 2020 graduate of Eureka County High School where she was a National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) qualifier, 2018 member of the Idaho Cinch team, district

champion in goat tying, reserve all-around cowgirl, and earned multiple buckles in goat tying,

breakaway roping, and cutting. Miller also was a regional champion in basketball while in high

school, earning all-division honorable mention and was a 2020 Down Under Sports basketball

representative for Idaho. Miller was named an NIRA Scholar-American last season while at

Feather River Community College out of the NIRA West Coast Region. Miller is the daughter of

Carrie Eddy and plans to continue to pursue a degree in kinesiology.



Jake Miller | Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping | St. Anthony, Idaho / South

Fremont High School

Miller joins the Bulldogs from St. Anthony, Idaho. He was a four-time state qualifier in steer

wrestling and team roping, a three-time district champion in steer wrestling, and four-time event director at districts in steer wrestling, and state director in steer wrestling. Miller also competed in football in high school, earned honor roll recognition, was in the national honors society, and was a student body captain. Miller is the son of Rob and Caprice Miller and plans to major in business while at Montana Western.


Abi Petersen | Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping | Three Forks, Mont. / Three Forks High

School

Peterson joins the Bulldogs from Three Forks, Mont.. She was a three-time state qualifier in goat tying before graduating this spring from Three Forks High School. She also competed in

basketball and volleyball. Peterson is the daughter of Joe and Jessica Peterson and plans to major in business administration while at Montana Western.


Charlie Resch | Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping | Stettler, Alberta / WM.E.Hay Stettler

High School

Resch joins the Bulldogs from Stettler, Alberta. She was a three-time Alberta Junior High Finals qualifier, three-time National Junior High Finals qualifier, and the Canadian goat tying champion in her junior year. She was a three-time qualifier for the Alberta High School Rodeo Finals and a two-time qualifier for the National High School Finals Rodeo. She was the Alberta High School Rodeo Association (AHSRA) secretary for two year and her senior year became the AHSRA president. She also competed in basketball, volleyball, and track in high school. In 2022, she was named MVP in basketball for her team. Resch is the daughter of Jason Resch and Carrie Resch and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education.


Cole Trexler | Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding | Corvallis, Mont. /

Corvallis High School / Miles Community College

Trexler joins the Bulldogs as a transfer from Miles Community College and was a 2021 graduate of Corvallis High School. In 2022, Trexler took third in the Big Sky Region in saddle bronc riding and qualifying him to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). Last season, Trexler finished ninth in the region in tie down roping. In high school, Trexler was a state champion team roper in 2021. He also competed in basketball where he earned Academic All-State honors for three seasons. Trexler is the son of Reed and Kari Trexler and plans to continue to pursue his degree in business.



Konnor Ward | Team Roping | Frederick, Colo. / Holy Family High School

Ward is a team roper who joins the Bulldogs out of Frederick, Colo. He was a three-time

Colorado State High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) qualifier with numerous top placings

in light rifle, trap shooting, and boys cutting. He qualified for the National High School Finals

Rodeo (NHSFR) two years where he competed in light rifle, trap shooting, and boys cutting.

Ward was named to the president’s honor list his freshman through senior year of high school

and earned the high school rodeo college scholarship. He also competed in baseball while in high school. Ward is the son of David and Jodi Ward and plans to pursue a degree in business while at Montana Western.


Waylon White | Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping, Calf Roping | Tremonton, Utah /

Bear River High School

White joins the Bulldogs out of Tremonton, Utah. He was a four-time state qualifier and reserve champion in bull riding, two-time state qualifier in saddle bronc and a two-time district

champion the past two years. During his high school career, White won six buckles and won the highest mark ride in bull riding and saddle bronc his senior year. White qualified for state in team roping his junior season, placing fifth to qualify. White also competed in wrestling while at Bear River High School. He is the son of Wayne and Aspen White and plans to pursue a degree in business.

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