Otero Junior College Rodeo team member Ali Bilkey (Santa Yanez, Calif.) showed why she is one of the top breakaway ropers in the Central Rocky Mountain region this weekend at Eastern Wyoming College rodeo in Torrington, Wyo. with her first win of the 2012-13 season.
With a first round time of 2.8 seconds Bilkey split third and fourth place in the first round of competition against 89 other contestants. In the Championship round on Sunday, Bilkey topped out the competition with a time of 2.7 seconds, winning the go round and placing her first in the average on two head. Bilkey was 5.5 seconds on two calves, half a second faster than second place finisher Tylee Coffman from Gillette College.
“I am so excited for Ali with her first intercollegiate win of her career. She has been working extremely hard this season. She is on a borrowed horse because of an injury to her own horse and has taken the change with a positive attitude. She roped smart, aggressive and correct this weekend and I have high hopes for her and her time at OJC.” said Coach Sumpter.
Bilkey had a second place finish in the breakaway roping last week at the Colorado State University Ft Collins rodeo earning 100 points in the regional standings. She earned 155 points at EWC rodeo taking her to the top three in the regional standings behind OJC rodeo alumni Lydia Coe who currently attends University of Wyoming and Kaycee Nelson of University of Wyoming.
The EWC rodeo was the eighth rodeo of the season for the OJC Rodeo Team, which travels to Casper, Wyoming for the Casper College rodeo on April 19-21.