Jun 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College rodeo coach Rick Smith said last week that his women's team was the most talented squad he has ever brought to the College National Finals Rodeo.
After the first two days at the Casper Events Center, the Rustlers are sitting second in the women's team standings with 115 points.
Mesalands Community College is first at 130 points. Mesalands is in Tucamcai, N.M.
"We started off like we would have liked to start," CWC rodeo coach Rick Smith said. "The girls did as good as they could have done on Monday. They all made really good runs."
The rodeo continued on Tuesday with a slack performance all day. The CNFR has nightly performances Wednesday through Friday. The finals are at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring the top 12 cowgirls from each event.
"The girls have high expectations. The are just trying to fulfill them now," Smith said.
CWC cowgirl Lacey Tech put herself in contention for a national goat tying title on Monday when she scored a 6.7 on her first performance, third-fastest of the round.
"Lacey and here teammates seem really focused," Smith said.
Brandi Pfeifer (New Mexico State) and Cassie Vierstra (Tarleton State) were first at 6.6.
"In all of the other rodeo events, you can afford to make a mistake and still have a chance to win it," Smith said. "In the goat tying you can't have a mistake."
Traci Hinman finished ninth in the round in a time of 6.9. Jacalyn Walker was clocked in 7.2 to place 17th for the Rustlers.
"All three of them are sitting in a good position," Smith said. "It's fun to watch them. We will just hope for the best. "
In breakaway roping, CWC's Devin Nicholls didn't post a time in her first performance.
Nicholls bounced back in her second time for a 2.7.
"It was a nice run," Smith said. "We are hoping that Devin will come back on score some points in the third go."
Smith said Nicholls isn't out of the running for a spot in the finals.
"There is a lot of times when you rope fast on two, then you can make it back to the finals," Smith said. "Devin just needs to go for it."
CWC's Stetson Jorgensen was the bright spot for the Rustlers on Monday.
Jorgensen sat fifth in steer wrestling after the first go. He had a time of 4.7 seconds. Lane Santos-Kamey from Cal Poly State University -- San Louis Obispo is first in 3.7 seconds.
"Stetson made a nice run. He just has to go do that a couple of more times. He should be right there," Smith said.
In saddle bronc riding, Colter Miller and Charlie Kogianes were bucked off Sunday.
Smith said Miller drew a National Finals Rodeo horse,
"Colton had a really tough horse," Smith said. "At some point, he probably will be able to ride that horse. He is probably the best horse here."
Tyler Williams has been bucked off twice in the bull riding competition in the first two days.
"Tyler is not riding very good at all," Smith said. "Tyler is kind of pressing. Things aren't working very well for him right now."
Sheridan College cowboy Matt Scheick of Riverton placed 20th in the first go in team roping with partner Kelsey Scott of Chadron State.
The pair finished the round in 21.5 seconds. Scheick graduated from Riverton High School in 2010.
Casper College's Riley Krassin didn't post a time in his first performance in steer wrestling. Krassin a Lander Valley High School graduate.
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