Jayne ranks first at SHSU rodeo

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The Rodeo Team hosted Sam Houston State’s Collegiate Rodeo Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week at the Walker County Fair Grounds. Thirteen colleges from across Texas and Louisiana participated including Texas A&M, Stephen F. Austin, Wharton Junior College and McNeese State. Overall, the team experienced a good amount of success with the men’s team placing first with 245 points, the women’s team placing fifth with 53.3 points and senior Yvan Jayne being named Men’s All-Around Winner.”I felt very good (about my win),” said Jayne. “I was glad that I got to perform well at my last college rodeo in Huntsville. I hope that I can stay on top and win All-Around for the Regionals.” Jayne also said that he plans to continue to rodeo professionally once he graduates from SHSU.Other results from the rodeo include Wendy Schuller placing third in Barrels Racing, Callie Albrecht placing third in Goat Tying, in Team Roping Dustin Mueller and Shane Powell placing first while Mueller and Richard Evans placed second, Hank Cranek placed third in Tiedown and Yvan Jayne placed second in Bareback Riding. Rodeo Team Coach Roger Hanagriff said that after this weekend the men’s team is currently placed first and the women’s team is placed third in the Southern Region.Hanagriff was very pleased with his students’ performance.”The students did an outstanding job,” said Hanagriff. “It takes a lot to put on a rodeo and they worked hard. It’s good to see that.” Hanagriff also said that, as a team, the students have progressed quite a bit since last year.”Last year we had a lot of very good individual students. But as a team we’re a lot stronger this year and that makes us more competitive,” said Hanagriff. “But we still have a lot to work on.”Likewise, Jayne is hoping that the team improves as the year progresses.”We’re starting the year pretty strong and I’m glad it’s coming together for my senior year. I really hope we can make something happen,” said Jayne.Also at the rodeo, a special “Kids Rodeo” was organized and put on by Rodeo Team members Wendy Schuler and Craig Boyd.”(The Kids’ Rodeo) is an annual event that helped show the kids a special time with SHSU Rodeo team members partnering up with the children from Bayes Achievement Center (a local special needs school in Huntsville),” said Hanagriff.The College Sports Network taped the rodeo for telecast, though the broadcast date is currently pending.The Rodeo Team will be competing next in the McNeese State Rodeo the last weekend in October and Stephen F. Austin Rodeo the first weekend in November.