By Con Marshall
Two former Chadron State College rodeo team members were among the event winners at Crawford’s Old West Trail Rodeo on July 3 and 4.
Tate Petrak of Martin, S.D., won the steer wrestling by flipping his steer in 5.4 seconds, and Clayton Van Aken, a California native who now lives at Yoder, Wyo., was the header on the first-place team roping entry with a time of 7.9 seconds.
Petrak earned $639 for his win and both Van Aken and his team roping partner, Cullen Teller of Ault, Colo., earned $1,175.
Other event winners included Matt Peters of Hot Springs, the tie down roping champion in 10.2 seconds. His victory was worth $714.
Two bullriders from Nebraska earned the most money at the rodeo. Garrett Wickett of Pierce earned $1,530 for his 83-point ride, and Dillon Micheel received $1,252 for his 79.5-point ride.
Wickett and Micheel were the only bullriders at the rodeo to make it to the eight-second whistle.