The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team got off to a good start at its first spring competition in Brookings, S.D. on Friday and Saturday.
Mykelsi Schnose, of Oelrichs, S.D., stole the show with three championships — breakaway roping, team roping and women’s all-around.
Her achievements propelled the MPCC women’s team to second place.
The MPCC men didn’t end up in the top two but they didn’t lose a lot of ground either.
Mykelsi’s strong finish got points for both the men and the women.
“It was a lot of fun,” Schnose said. “I’m really glad my horses worked as well as they did. I’m also really thankful to have my coach and the teammates that I do. They are all so encouraging both in the practice pen and in the competition arena. I wouldn’t have been able to make the runs I did without their support.”
Joining her for the team roping win was teammate J.T. Bradley of Brewster.
“When she was heading in the first round of team roping, she kind of had to fish her loop on, but she did it, and that gave JT a shot to get the steer heeled” timed event coach Garrett Nokes said. “They got fourth in that round, and then in the short go, she turned a great steer and ended up winning.”
Schnose’s first run in the breakaway was 2.9 seconds, good for eighth place. She returned to the short go and caught her next steer in 3 seconds flat.
“It was a nice, solid run and from that point on, she just let everybody else beat themselves,” Nokes said. “It was probably the best day Mykelsi has had since she got to Mid-Plains. She’s been working really hard, and I’m just glad to see she got some results because of it.”
Sawyer Strand of Harrisburg, S.D. placed second in team roping for MPCC, and Garrett Wickett of Norfolk was third in bull riding.
Nokes said Bradley and Strand did well in the team roping – especially considering it’s their weakest event.
“And then Wickett came in and rode one bull and ended up third,” Nokes said. “He’s been really strong for us this year and proved to be again.”
Nokes expects continued improvement as the season progresses.
“The timed event stock at this rodeo was the worst we will see all year long,” Nokes said. “JT and Clay Bauer both got the same calf in the tie down roping and did everything they could, but the calf was horrendous. He kicked them – no one got it tied within the time limit. If they could have drawn a better calf and performed like they did, then we could have won the darn thing.”
“It’s just one of those deals,” Nokes said. “We look forward to the rest of the year. Somebody’s got to win, and somebody’s got to lose. We weren’t at the top in a lot of the places, but because of Mykelsi’s strong finish, that really helped out and got points for both the men and the women.”
The team won’t have much time to dwell on what might have been. They will compete in four more rodeos between now and the first week of May. The next one will be Friday-Saturday at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.