They all wanted more, but the fact that four Central Washington University Rodeo Club ropers made it to the College National Finals Rodeo deserves a tip of the hat.

We had four ropers — calf roper Trey Recanzone and team ropers Riley Eres, Chance Gleave and Wade Bruemmer — in Casper, Wyoming, for three rounds of action against the best college ropers in the nation.

After missing his first calf, Recanzone battled an unruly calf in the second round for an 18.9-second run.

“That calf was wild as heck,” he said last week. “I could have done better, but nothing I could have placed on.”

On the flip side, his third-round time of 10.1 seconds finished seventh in the round and pushed the roper to 29.0 on two runs, good for 26th overall.

“It was nice to end on a good note,” he said. “I would’ve liked to have been sitting a little higher in the round, but the calf was toward the end of the arena and I had a little bobble on my tie.”

Team roping pair Eres and Gleave also suffered a no-time in the first round, had the same result in round two, but had a great run during the third round, stopping the clock in 5.8 seconds for seventh in the round. The duo roped no-times on Monday and Tuesday but didn’t rope their third steer until Friday evening.

“We had Wednesday and Thursday to really do nothing, and we had nothing to lose at that point,” Eres said. “Going into that steer we said, ‘We know we can rope, we might as well try and show off and show people what we can do.’”

It was a good way to end things and plan for a return in 2020.

“Well, it’s a little ways out,” Gleave said. “But we know we just need to be aggressive and be on our A-game, but now we know what to expect.”

Bruemmer, who roped with Lewis and Clark State College’s Dillon Bahem this year, suffered through a week of no-times.

“It definitely didn’t go the way we wanted to, but it was still a good experience and it was fun to rope against some of the best guys in college.

“I broke it down to what I really need to work on this coming season, but I also tried to see the big picture and just realized it was just a bad rodeo for me. You’ve just got to brush it off sometimes.”

Plenty of Pacific Northwest arena athletes were in Casper and a few of them came back with some attention. University of Idaho’s Janey Reeves placed ninth overall in breakaway and fifth in goat tying to finish second in the women’s All-Around. Her Idaho teammate Rayna Longeway finished fourth in breakaway. While he wasn’t among the athletes of college rodeo’s Northwest Region, Soap Lake’s Caleb McMillan finished second in the men’s All-Around competing for Wyoming’s Northwest College. He was seventh in bull riding, 17th in calf roping and while he competed in saddle bronc, he failed to make the eight-second whistle.

Finally, please join me in a prayer for my friend Louise. Sweet Lou, you have no idea how much you taught me, my three girls and this community what it means to be strong and tough while doing it with a smile. You were a heckuva fighter only equaled by your contagious personality. I’m going to miss seeing you in your Cincinnati Reds hat while on walks around town with your dad. I’m going to miss getting a rundown of the stories you and your mom read together at the library. But my heart is at peace knowing you’re in a safe and happy place. My family and countless others are proud members of Team Louise.

Jon Guddat covers rodeo — from the kids to the kids at heart — with a weekly rodeo column in the Daily Record. Contact Jon with story ideas at jonguddat@yahoo.com.

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