MSU Spring Rodeo, Day 2 (copy)

Montana State's Levi Delamarter competes in tiedown during the MSU Spring Rodeo on April 12 at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Entering the College National Finals Rodeo, Montana State head coach Andy Bolich emphasized the Bobcats’ depth.

MSU brought 10 men and five women to the weeklong event and in the first round immediately began showing its ability to score in a variety of events in Casper, Wyoming. Through Monday, the Bobcat men sat in eighth place with 145 points, trailing first-place Panhandle State by 220.

Tiedown roper and team roper Jack Graham is the only competitor yet qualified for the men’s all-around and he’s racked up 50 individual points through two days. In the first round, he tied for sixth in tiedown roping with a score of 10.3 seconds and is also tied for sixth in team roping with partner Matt Williams as the duo recorded a 7.7 seconds.

Teammate Bryce Bott tied for sixth in tiedown roping (10.3 seconds) as well. Levi Delamarter tied for sixth in team roping (6.7 seconds) with partner Brody Smith from Montana Western. Shawn Perkins impressed with a first-round score of 77.5 points in bareback riding to place fourth.

In both steer wrestling and breakaway roping, MSU had finishers in 15th place and 17th place. Seth Indergard (7.9 seconds) took 15th in steer wrestling while Jaret Whitman (8.2 seconds) tied for 17th. In breakaway roping, Celie Salmond needed 2.9 seconds, good for 15th, and Samantha Kerns took 17th in 3.0 seconds.

Hailey Garrison tied for 18th place in the first round of goat tying by completing her run in 6.8 seconds.

With the first round complete for all events, the Bobcats have two more rounds to qualify for finals.

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Paul Schwedelson is a sports writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.