Ean Price and his team roping partner, Taylor Munsell, saved their best for last during the Garden City Community College rodeo this weekend.
The duo, Price from GCCC and Munsell from Northwest Oklahoma State, posted a 7.5 time in the team roping during Friday’s slack, which was good enough to just barely get them into Sunday’s short-go.
There, they posted a short-go best 6.0 seconds, jumping all the way into first to begin the day before settling into the fourth-place finish in the average.
“We’re more than happy with that,” Price said Sunday. “It could have been a lot worse.”
The effort was on of the two biggest highlights for the Broncbusters over the weekend, as Kylee Bennet tied for second in the average in goat tying with a time of 6.8 in the long-go and a 6.4 in the short-go.
“All the stars lined up this weekend and I put some runs together,” Bennet said.
The short-go time was also second-best in that round.
The rodeo also produced an extreme lowlight for the Busters when Luke Sullivan broke his arm when his bull landed on him during his first ride.
Sullivan had come into the weekend within striking distance of an NIRA Finals berth, sitting in sixth place with 190 points in the Central Plains region.
“He got out of position a little bit, the bull was bucking so hard, and he just got out of position trying so hard, and the bull just jerked him down and came down on his arm before he could get away,” GCCC head coach Jim Boy Hash said.
It’s only the latest in a plethora of injuries Sullivan has suffered to a bull, Hash said, including a multiple-month hospital stay when he was in high school.
“He’s a tough kid,” Hash said.
So tough that Sullivan, who is studying fire science, was able to explain to the responding emergency personnel the exact break he had suffered.
“They were going to see if he could splint himself,” Hash said with a laugh.
Sullivan had rode that same bull to a rodeo win at Fort Hays State a year ago, but was out-done this time around.
It was a low point for an otherwise good rodeo, Hash said.
“The stock was really good and we got great crowds,” he said.
Fort Scott’s men’s team absolutely dominated the rodeo with 730 team points scored, including a pair of Greyhounds — Trenton Burd and Chance Masters — who tied for first in the saddle bronc with 148 points in the average. Colby was next in the team standings with 390 points.
The Buster men took ninth with 90 points, thanks to Price’s finish in the team roping.
For the women, Oklahoma State won with 395 points, and Kansas State was second. Bennet scored 120 points in the goat tying as the Busters were fifth in the team standings.