A pair of former Rocky Boy athletes have been making a name for themselves this fall in individual sports.
Kyle Olson, who graduated from Rocky Boy last spring, is a freshman on the Rocky Mountain College cross country team, and he recently placed sixth at the Frontier Conference Cross Country Championships, held recently in Lewiston, Idaho.
Olson, who captured the 2012 Class B state cross country championship while running for the Stars, finished the Frontier meet with a time of 24:24 which not only put him in sixth place, but also earned him a trip to the NAIA national cross country championships later this month. Olson was also named Frontier All-Conference for his efforts.
RMC is one of just two Frontier men’s teams to be ranked in the NAIA, and the Bears’ team earned a berth to the national meet, which will be held this Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
Also earning a prestigious honor was Rocky Boy’s Jesse Colliflower. At the Indian National Finals Rodeo, held Nov. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Colliflower captured the world championship in the saddle bronc riding. Colliflower finished in the top three or better in score in all four rounds of the event, and won the average with a total score of 276. Former Montana State University-Northern star Robert Wagner finished fifth in the saddle bronc as well.
Other locals also shined at the INFR. Box Elder’s Tessie Lamere placed 10th in the ladies breakaway roping, while Ed Hawley of Hays was third in the team roping, while Rocky Boy’s Ju Ju Saddler placed seventh in the junior bull riding.
At a special presentation held at the INFR, Ervin Watson and John Colliflower, both from Rocky Boy were inducted into the Indian Rodeo Hall of Fame.