Despite running into some tough luck, the Mid-Plains Community College rodeo team resumed the 2018-19 season with a pair of second-place finishes at the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Stampede in Brookings, South Dakota on Friday and Saturday.
Bull rider Koby Jacobson, of Haiku, Hawaii, finished second as did his team roping teammates, Caden Kinderknecht, of Almena, Kansas and Trenton Solida, of Phillipsburg, Kansas.
"Koby has been trying real hard on both ends of the arena," MPCC rodeo team timed event coach Garrett Nokes said. "He’s really been working at being a major part of the team, and that finish put him to where, he’s still third in the standings, but it’s a very strong third."
Nokes said Jacobson hasn’t officially punched his ticket for the College National Finals Rodeo, however he is in a position that will be difficult for his competitors to beat.
"I’m happy for him and real proud," Nokes said. "Koby’s close to accomplishing a goal he set for himself and he has a chance to qualify for nationals in the steer wrestling too, if things go right these next few rodeos."
Nokes is also impressed with Kinderknecht’s work ethic and how far he has come in the past six months.
"There’s no end to what Caden can accomplish," Nokes said. "As for Trenton, he’s had a lot of success recently. He’s placed in the top six in the last three rodeos and just keeps plugging along and doing great things for us."
In the other events, Seth Pearson, of Valentine, placed fifth in the tie-down roping and J.D. Draper, of Oakley, Kansas, was sixth in the steer wrestling.
Overall, MPCC ended up fifth in the men’s team standings and sixth on the women’s side.
The team suffered a setback Saturday when a bronc flipped over on Landon Sivertson, of Ree Heights, South Dakota, causing him to sustain injuries that will temporarily take him out of competitions.
"Landon has contributed really well to the rodeo team as a freshman," Nokes said. "We’re really going to miss having him compete with us this weekend, and depending on what the doctors say, possibly the rest of the season. He’s a good kid and about as hard working of a kid as I’ve ever coached. I’m sure going to miss him, but there’s no way that he won’t be back in the fall. He’s too driven."
The Jackrabbit Stampede was the first rodeo of spring for the Great Plains Region. MPCC will compete in three more rodeos through the first week of May, the next taking place Friday and Saturday at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.