Mar 11, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College Rustler cowboy Coltin Hill and cowgirl Kaylee Burnett are in prime position to challenge for a College National Finals Rodeo slot in June after their showings in the fall season.
Hill sits second in steer wrestling competition in the Central Rocky Mountain Region.
Hill is tied with former Lander standout and current Casper College cowboy Riley Krassin.
The top three in each individual event make the CNFR.
"Coltin's horses are working good for him right now," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said. "He has a great attitude. I'm really excited for him. Coltin really has great basics. He has worked on being sharp in the box. "
Hill and Krassin have 280 points apiece.
Northeastern Junior College cowboy David Hinman is first (290 points).
"It seems like the last couple of years steer wrestling has been more competitive than the other ones," Schrock said. "It's fun to watch."
Burnett is fourth in barrel racing.
"One thing about Kaylee is that she is dedicated," Schrock said. "Her confidence is there. She has a new breakaway horse."
The Rustlers start the spring season Friday through Sunday at the Gillette College rodeo.
"I'm looking forward in them going out and making good solid runs," Schrock said.
In the regional women team standings, the Rustlers are fourth with 380 points.
Gillette College and Chadron State College have separated from the rest of the pack in the race for the team crown.
Gillette is first at 1,590 points. and Chadron State is second at 1,540 points.
Eastern Wyoming College stands third (580).
The Rustlers are ninth in the men's standings with 565 points. Gillette College has the early lead (2,690 points).
"The whole team came in at different levels, but they all have improved," Schrock said.
"It takes us a little while to get going after we get into the spring semester to get horses legged up," Schrock said.
"For the last month, we have had outstanding practices. The break was great, and they have really improved."
The Rustlers practiced five times a week during the spring semester.
"We work on every individual event," Schrock said.
The college rodeo season has five rodeos in the fall and five more in the spring.
After GIllette, the Rustlers will be at the Eastern Wyoming College rodeo in Torrington on April 4-6.
The Colorado State University rodeo is set for April 11-13 in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Casper College (April 25-27) and the University of Wyoming rodeos (May 2-4) conclude the schedule.
CWC hosts its rodeo in the fall season.Results from fall season
in Central Rocky Mountain region
Men's team standings -- 1. Gillette College, 2,590; 2. Casper College, 2,448.33; 3. Sheridan College, 2,060; 4. Eastern Wyoming College, 1,900; 5. University of Wyoming, 1,640; 6. Northeastern Junior College, 1,205; 7. Laramie County Community College, 708.33; 8. Otero Junior College, 660; 9. Central Wyoming College, 565; 10. Lamar Community College, 495; 11. Chadron State College, 490; 12. Colorado State University, 370; 13. Air Force Academy, 50.
Women's team standings -- 1. Gillette College, 1,590; 2. Chadron State College, 1,540; 3. Eastern Wyoming College, 580; 4. Central Wyoming College, 380; 5. Lamar Community College, 360; 6. Sheridan College, 320; 7. Laramie County Community College, 315; 8. Casper College, 290; 9. Northeastern Junior College, 285; 10. University of Wyoming,, 160; 11. Colorado State University, 70.
Men's all-around -- 1. Neil Williams, Casper, 758.33.
Saddle bronc riding -- 1. Zeke Thurston, Sheridan College, 710.
Bareback -- 1. Zachariah Phillips, Casper College, 470.
Bull riding -- 1. Austin Williams, Casper College, 410.
Tie-down roping -- 1. Kyle Dickens, CSU, 350.
Steer wrestling -- 1. David Hinman, NEJC, 290; 2. Coltin Hill, CWC, 280.
Team roping header -- 1. Derek Weinrels, Eastern, 650.
Team roping heeler -- 1. Levi O'Keeffe, Eastern, 650.
Barrel racing -- 1. Kristi Steffes, Gillette, 615; 4. Kaylee Burnett, CWC, 235.
Breakaway roping -- 1. Coralee Spratt, Gillette, 280.
Goat tying -- 1. Shelby Winchell, Chadron, 535; 13. Kaylee Burnett, CWC, 95.
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