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Burnett wins barrels again for Rustler women

Apr 8, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

CWC's women were fourth at the Torrington rodeo, the men fourth.

Kaylee Burnett captured her second straight barrel racing title of the spring season Sunday for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers in Torrington.

Burnett recorded a time of 31.51 in her two times over the weekend.

The leader of the women's team also was first at the Gillette College rodeo March 14-16.

"Kaylee is on a roll for us," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said. "She is putting herself to be in contention to go be at the College National Finals Rodeo. That is exciting."

Burnett didn't make any mistakes on her way to the top spot.

"She was consistent in her two runs," Schrock said. "It was outstanding. She did a great job."

In the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings, Burnett is third with 540 points. Gillette's Kristi Steffes is first at 735 points and teammate Tally Roepke stands second (610 points).

The top three qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo.

"This is a good time of the year to get on a roll," Schrock said. "Her horse is looking really good. She is riding really well."

CWC's Shana Lyons finished third in Torrington in the goat tying standings. Lyons was clocked at 14.8 seconds.

Lyons graduated from Lander Valley High School a couple of years ago before she went to Laramie County Community College.

"She is making some consistent runs," Schrock said.

Piper Naylon was ninth (3.7 seconds) in breakaway roping.

"Piper has improved a bunch since she has gotten here," Schrock said. "Her career is starting to take off."

In the team standings at Eastern, the CWC women placed fourth with 190 points. The CWC men were ninth at 20 points.

All the rodeos in the spring season are indoor.

"The first four rodeos in the fall are outside," Schrock said.

The Rustlers compete Friday through Sunday at the Colorado State University rodeo in Fort Collins, Colo.

The team goes down Thursday to make final preparations.

"The barn is a little bit different in Fort Collins and get everything to go," Schrock said.

County ties

Former Fremont County high school rodeo standouts Coley Nicholls and Devin Nicholls took first in the team roping competition after producing a time of 16.6 seconds.

Devin is now attending University of Wyoming. Cousin Coley is at Casper College.

Casper College cowboy Riley Krassin placed first in the steer wrestling at 13.6 seconds.

CWC rodeo results

from Eastern Wyoming

Men's team standings -- 1. Sheridan College, 670; 2. Casper College, 440; 3. University of Wyoming, 350; 4. Gillette College, 340; 5. Lamar Community College, 240; 6. Eastern Wyoming College, 230; 7. Northeastern Junior College, 225; 8. Chadron State College, 180; 9. (tie) Central Wyoming College, Laramie County Community College, 20.

Women's team standings -- 1. Chadron State College, 350; 2. Gillette College, 350; 3. University of Wyoming, 330; 4. Central Wyoming College, 190; 5. Lamar Community College, 115; 6. Laramie Community College, 110; 7. Casper College, 100; 8. Eastern Wyoming College, 98.33; 9. Sheridan College, 90; 10. Norteastern Junior College, 83.33.

Men's all-around -- 1. Taygen Schuelke, Sheridan 430.

Women's all-around -- 1. Kristi Steffes, Gillette, 200.

Saddle bronc riding -- 1. Zeke Thurston, 154.

Bareback riding -- 1. Zachariah Phillips, Casper College, 150.

Bull riding -- 1. Taygen Schuelke, Sheridan, 162.

Tie-down roping -- 1. David Hinman, NEJC, 24.1.

Steer wrestling -- 1. Riley Krassin, Casper, 13.6.

Team roping header -- 1. Devin Nicholls, Wyoming, 16.6; 7. Chaylie Hulme, CWC, 12.6.

Team roping healer -- 1. Coley Nicholls, Casper College, 16.6; 7. Tanner Nielson, CWC, 12.6.

Barrel racing -- 1. Kaylee Burnett, CWC, 31.51.

Breakaway roping -- 1. Kristi Steffes, Gillette, 5.0; 9. Piper Naylon, CWC, 3.7.

Goat tying -- 1. Shaylee Hance, Chadron, 14.3; 3. Shana Lyons, CWC, 14.8.

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