Jun 24, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorKaylee Burnett finished ninth in the goat tying standings for Central Wyoming College in the finals of the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.
Saturday's finals were made up of the top 12 in each event.
Burnett qualified for the finals with preliminary times of 6.7 seconds, 6.7, 6.6 and 9.3.
"She went out there and gained herself some experience," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said. "She handled herself outstanding in the first three rounds."
The CWC sophomore entered the finals in fourth place.
"We are all human and make little mistakes," Schrock said. "She will be a little more seasoned next time. She set herself up to have a great chance at a national title."
Hayden Segelke from Eastern New Mexico University put down time of 6.5, 6.3, 6.5 and 6.4 for her national championship.
"The (top) four girls all went and competed really well in the finals," Schrock said. "Most of them are juniors and seniors. They have been there before. They know that it's just one more run."
Former CWC college cowgirl Jacalyn Walker finished fifth (6.5, 6.7, 6.6 and 6.9 seconds). Walker is now attending Utah Valley University.
Burnett won the Central Rocky Mountain regional title in barrel racing, but couldn't place near the top at the CNFR.
Burnett opened the CNFR with a time of 19.52 seconds in her first go.
"That first run, her horse slipped on her a little bit and came back and hit a barrel on the way out," Schrock said. "She felt that the ground felt a little bit shifty. There are some things that we can do if she makes it back again next year.
She improved after that, coming in at 14.82 and 14.60.
"You don't run into arenas that are that tight very often," Schrock said. "She will known what to do with her horse. He really wasn't running home, but he had great runs."
Burnett was the all-around regional champion cowgirl as well. As a team, the Rustlers finished third in the region.
"A lot of it was what Kaylee had done," Schrock said.
"We are going to have some more age on our team this year."
Members of the rodeo team plan to compete in rodeos this summer to prepare for next season.
"I encourage them to go enter as much as they can," Schrock said.
"I will be excited to see what they can do next year," Schrock said.
Casper College cowboy Riley Krassin finished 12th in the nation in steer wrestling.
Krassin, a Lander Valley High School graduate, started off the week-long rodeo with a blazing time of 4.5 seconds to get the running for a title.
Krassin had a 9.3 run in his second go. He finished with a 8.5 time in the third go but wasn't able to record a time in the finals.
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