Jun 15, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorWith two days left to go, veteran Central Wyoming College cowgirl Lacey Tech remains in first pace in goat tying at the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center.
The Rustlers stayed in second in the team standings Thursday in the chase for the national team championship. CWC has scored 205 points in the first five days of the rodeo. Texas Tech University is first at 248.37 points. Mesalands Community College is third at 180 points. CWC's Traci Hinman climbed up the ladder in goat tying after her two times of 6.9 and 7.0, but she didn't record a time on Thursday night at CEC. That left her 31st and out of a spot for the finals. The finals on Saturday night are for the top 12 in each event. "Traci drew a goat that kicked a little bit," Tech said. "It was pretty hard on all of us when she didn't make a time. We were hoping that she would make it back to the finals."
Hinman and Tech are both four-year CWC cowgirls.
"Traci always ties really smooth," Tech said. "We were really hoping to get as many people back for the finals as we could."
Tech jumped into the lead in goat tying on Wednesday night after she put down a time of 6.3 seconds. "It was loud in the arena and my horse was excited," Tech said. "He just ran a lot harder down, and I made a smooth run."
Tech's other two times in the rode were a 6.7 and a 6.8.
"It has been a really good experience," Tech said. "I just went out and made three really good runs. It just really worked out well." Baily Guthrie of Texas Tech is second. The cowgirl had been clocked in runs of 6.9, 6.9 and 6.6. Macey Fuller from Mesalands is third at 6.7, 7.1 and 6.7. "The competition is really close," Tech said.
The fastest cowgirl in goat tying heading into the finals will be the final one to perform.
"I really can't control what other people do," Tech said. "At this point, you can't worry about what other people do. I just try to make my runs. It has been working for me. It really doesn't matter when I go, but it would be cool to go in last." Tech comes to CWC from Fairfax, S.D. "It really doesn't matter when I go, but it would be cool to go in last," Tech said. Tech's teammate Devin Nicholls stands 12th in the breakaway roping standings. Nicholls had a no score in the first go, but her times of 2.7 in the second go and a 3.1 put her back into contention for a spot in the finals.
There are 12 breakaway cowgirls scheduled to go on Friday night. Three of them have two times in the first two performances.
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