PENDLETON - The BMCC men's rodeo team won the Northwest Regional No. 3 and the Central Washington University rodeos last weekend to move into first place in the Northwest Regional standings.

BMCC's Ty Sturza won the men's all-around title at the Central Washington University rodeo with teammate Joe Meling finishing second. Kass Kayser of BMCC was fourth in the all-around standings.

"He's coming on really strong," BMCC coach Tygh Campbell said. "He had a pretty stellar weekend."

Meling, however, won the all-around title at the Northwest Regional No. 3 rodeo, followed by teammates Cody Every, Buck McCay, Sturza and Jason Minor. Meling took third in saddle bronc, bareback riding and bull riding.

"Joe injured his ankle, but he's a tough kid that rode well last weekend," Campbell said.

At the Northwest Regional No. 3 rodeo, Every won tie-down roping with a time of 9.6 seconds, and Minor took second in 9.8.

McCay split first in steer wrestling at 5.0, while Sturza placed third, posting a time of 7.9.

Every teamed with McCay to win team roping with a time of 8.3.

"The whole team did just outstanding, and we really feel like we can win the regional title," Campbell said.

The BMCC women took fourth at the Northwest Regional No. 3 rodeo and were led by Kasey Bruce, who won barrel racing with a time of 17.68.

"Kasey is really coming into her own and working her horse real well," Campbell said.

At the Central Washington University rodeo, Meling (145 points) won bareback riding and Sturza claimed tie-down roping with a time of 20.8 on two head.

Sturza (14.9) took second in steer wrestling, and BMCC's team of Jacob Stanley and Minor won team roping with a time of 11.9.

Bruce was second in barrel racing with a two-round time of 36.14 to lead the BMCC women to a fifth-plcae finish.

The BMCC (2,450 points) men have a slight edge over WWCC (2,387) in the Northwest Regional overall standings.

Both rodeo teams will be in action May 6 at the Northwest Regional No. 4 rodeo held at Lewiston, Idaho.

As of April 26, the BMCC men are ranked 11th nationally. Sturza is eighth in the all-around competition and team roping, and fifth in steer wrestling. Kass Kayser is third in team roping while Bruce is 13th in barrell racing.


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