Skylights atop national standings at midseason break


Last updated 10/10/2023 at 10:52am

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At the midseason break, the MSU-N women's rodeo team sits atop the standings both nationally and regionally in the Big Sky. Several cowboys from the MSU-N men's rodeo team are also off to strong starts this year. 

The Montana State University-Northern rodeo teams wrapped up the fall portion of their season with a rodeo in Dillon last month. While the Lights and Skylights have plenty of competition left in the spring, they should be feeling good about their start to the season.

The MSU-N women's team is off to a strong start this season with 1,998.5 total points. Not only is that good enough to put the Skylights on top of the Big Sky regional standings, but the national standings as well.

Mikenna Schauer especially has been having a great season for the Skylights. She is the number-one ranked all-around cowgirl in the nation with 1,596 total points this season. She is also the number-one breakaway roper and goat tier in the country.

For good measure, Schauer is the number-three ranked team roping header in the nation. Her teammate Kenda Statham is also having a strong season as she is no. 13 in the country in goat tying.

The MSU-N men's team also has many riders off to strong starts this year. At the midseason break, Garrett Cunningham is the number-one ranked saddle bronc rider in the country. Gavin McLean is having a strong year as the number-three ranked team roping heeler in America.

Other Lights doing well are Preston Bird as the number-four ranked team roping header and Talan Cummins as the number-four team roping heeler in the country.

The MSU-N rodeo teams will look to continue their strong seasons when they return to action in the spring. They will start 2024 with a rodeo hosted by Montana State University in Bozeman starting Apr. 11.


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