Jun 12, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCowgirl Coralle Spratt has found her second home in Gillette College.
After transferring from Northeastern Junior College, Spratt stayed in the Central Rocky Mountain region to compete for Gillette College on the rodeo team.
The sophomore won the regional breakaway title in May, qualifying her for the College National Finals Rodeo.
"Coralle had the impact that we needed," Gillette College coach Will LaDuke said. "Before we had been scoring a lot of points in the barrel racing and goat tying. We had been struggling in breakaway. Coralle has made us a well-rounded team."
LaDuke said Spratt liked the setup Gillette College has for the rodeo team.
"We have a pretty good indoor practice facility," LaDuke said. "Coralle is a girl that likes to practice all the time. I think the relaxed atmosphere and the amount of practice we have is what made her feel at home."
Spratt jumped ahead of the early barrel racers to seize control in the fall.
"It's a position that she has been in before in the high school ranks," LaDuke said. "It didn't effect her at all. She was able to finish the year strong."
Spratt had competed in sports while attending Shoshoni High School.
In the regional breakaway roping standings, Spratt scored 535 points.
Casper Lacey Camp placed second with 400 points, and Brandy Brown of Laramie Community College was third (310 points).
The top three finishers advance to the CNFR.
This is Spratt's second time making the college featured rodeo.
"Coralle's goal is to win the nation," LaDuke said. "She is that type of level of roper. She is a confident girl. I known that she expects to do well."
Spratt will perform three times at the Casper Events Center, with the top 12 advancing to the championship final.
"The biggest key for Coralle is to get a good aggressive start all week long, and with a little bit of luck you will probably see her (June 21)," LaDuke said.
In 2013, Gillette College placed four in the team standings at the CNFR.
"I really feel this is a stronger team than we had last year," LaDuke said. "This is the best women's team that I have ever had in the eight years since I have been here."
Gillette College edged Chadron State College for the regional women's title.
In the regular season, Gillette registered 3,155 points.
Chadron was second (3,143.33 points).
"Expectations wise, we have a chance to do well and possibility win it one more time," LaDuke said.
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