MCHS rodeo team represented well by lone rider in Wyoming


Cloning may still be in the preliminary stages but that didn't stop the Moffat County High School rodeo team from being in two places at once this weekend.

While the rest of the team was at the Colorado State rodeo, MCHS senior Camie Haskins was wowing the cowboys and cowgirls at the Wyoming State rodeo.

"My performances were as good as they could have been," said Haskins, who competes in Wyoming because of the shorter travel required. "I couldn't have asked for a better weekend."

Haskins' list of honors for the weekend is longer than her horse's tail.

She had the best average in the barrel race (53.108). That average included the best time of the weekend (17.537).

In the break-away, she had the best average (10.38) and was second in the final round or short go with a time of 2.7 seconds.

In pole bending, Haskins finished fifth in the second round and was fifth in the average overall.

She was also the all-around runner up with 443 points, coming in only three points from the winner.

"Going in I wanted to win the average and get as many points as possible," Haskins said. "I also wanted to qualify for nationals."

Haskins, however, missed two rodeos in the fall season so she was unable to earn important points at those competitions. That lack of points left her a mere five points from qualifying nationally in the top four in the barrels and an even closer four points away from making the trip in break-away.

"It is bittersweet that I did so well but just barely missed going to nationals again," she said. "I'm just glad my last performance as a senior went so well."

Haskins is far from done with her rodeo career. She said she will be receiving her Pro-Rodeo card in about a month and she will be attending Colorado State University in the fall with plans to compete on its rodeo team.

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