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CWC women edge closer to regional rodeo crown
CWC' s Jacalyn Walker finished second in goat tying Sunday at a Casper College rodeo. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

CWC women edge closer to regional rodeo crown

Apr 24, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College is on the verge of winning the Central Rocky Mountain region rodeo women's title after a second-place showing Sunday at Casper College.

The Rustlers pilled up 440 points in the three-day rodeo. Chadron State College won the women's team title (520 points) and Northeastern Junior College placed second (230).

"The girls did great in Casper," CWC head coach Rick Smith said. "We made it back to the finals six times. They were in the finals four times in goat tying and two times in the breakaway roping. It was a good weekend for us."

Gillette College finished fourth at 125 points.

"Gillette's best girl is Jordan Thurston," Smith said. "She did really well in the long round, and she had a little trouble in the short round."

In the regional standings, the CWC squad sits on top of the standings (2,905 points). Chadron State is second at 2,253.33 points and Northeastern Junior College third (2,163.33).

"Chadron State has really come on in the spring," Smith said. "They are doing great. Chadron is hard to keep up with. Luckily, we had a good lead on them (in the fall), because they are champions of the spring season."

The top two squads qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo set for the middle of June at the Casper Events Center.

CWC will look to wrap up the regional title Friday through Sunday at a University of Wyoming rodeo in Laramie.

Good performances

Jacalyn Walker and Lacey Tech from CWC placed third (165 points) and fourth (90) in the women's all-around standings. Chadron's Kelsey Scott won the title (330 ), and Hayden Seglke placed second (230).

Walker finished fifth in the breakaway roping competition, recording a two-ride time of 7.2 seconds.

"Jacalyn is peaking at the right time," Smith said. "All signs are looking good."

Tech had a time of 3.8 seconds in breakaway roping but didn't complete a ride in the her second performance to end up seventh.

In goat tying, CWC's Traci Hinman captured the top spot in a two-ride time of 14.7 seconds.

Walker came in second (15.0), Tech was fourth (15.2) and Devin Nicholls ended seventh (16.0).

Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings

Women's team standings - 1. Central Wyoming College, 2,905.00; 2. Chadron State College, 2,253.33; 3. Northeastern Junior College, 2,163.33; 4. Gillette College, 2,025.00; 5. University of Wyoming, 1,158.33; 6. Laramie County Community College, 1,030.00; 7. Eastern Wyoming College, 891.66; 8. Colorado State University, 770; 9. Casper College, 595.00; 10. Lamar Community College, 363.33; 11. Sheridan College, 295.00; 12. Otero Junior College, 23.33.

Women's all-around - 1. Hayden Segelke, Northeastern, 1,645; 4. Devin Nicholls, CWC, 615.

Bareback riding - 1. Casey Breuer, Gillette College, 1,048.3.

Bull riding - 1. Loncey Johnson, Laramie, 445; 2. Tyler Williams, CWC, 420.

Tie-down roping - 1. Riley Pruitt, Eastern Wyoming, 755.

Steer wrestling - 1. Miles Spickelmier, Chadron, 415.

Team roping header - 1. Tyler Schnaufer, Wyoming, 760.

Team roping heeler -- 1. Shay Carroll, Northeastern, 830.

Barrel racing - 1. Hayden Segelke, Northeastern, 1,115.00.

Breakaway roping - 1. Kelsey Scott, Chadron, 720; 6. Devin Nicholls, CWC, 210; 10. Traci Hinman, CWC, 150; 11. Jacalyn Walker, CWC, 145; 14. Danni Jo Hinman, CWC, 135.

Goat tying -- 1. Traci Hinman, CWC, 850; 3. Lacey Tech, CWC, 635; 5. Jacalyn Walker, CWC, 490.

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