Sep 13, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTraci Hinman was a star rodeo athlete the last four years at Central Wyoming College. She played a vital role helping the Rustlers finish second in the nation at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.
Hinman will now try to keep the Rustlers as one of the top teams in the nation as an assistant coach in the rodeo program.
The first step in the 2012 rodeo season will be the Rustler Roundup Friday through Sunday at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton.
"I think that it's a good thing to host the first rodeo of the season," Hinman said. "We put on a really good rodeo. We can set the tone for the rest of the season and set the bar high. We always have a good crowd."
Hinman is anxious to see what the Rustlers can do in a college rodeo setting.
"I'm really excited to start the season," Hinman said. "Our girls look really good in practice. We have a good practice environment this year."
The Rustlers won the Central Rocky Mountain Regional title in 2012 on their way to its high finish in Casper.
"I don't know for sure what the other teams lost or who they gained this year," Hinman said. "I guess that we will have to see after the first rodeo.
CWC will have to replace Hinman, Lacey Tech, Devin Nicholls and Jacalyn Walker.
Tech graduated from CWC after she won the 2012 goat tying title national championship.
Nicholls moved on to rodeo at Tarleton State University in Texas.
Walker will be a member of the rodeo team in Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
Hinman said CWC's points team for the home rodeo will be Danni Jo Hinman, Shaylee Hance, Toby Dunlavy and Karen Stone.
"They have been roping really good in practice and having good times," Hinman said.
Hance should score well in the goat tying event. The other three cowgirls will be talented in breakaway roping and in team roping.
Hinman expects Stephanie Klein, Kaylee Burnett, Chaylie Hulme and Jonnie Crossland to contribute in the future for the Rustlers.
The college rodeo schedule is made up of a fall and spring season.
After the Rustler Roundup, CWC will take part in a Chadron State rodeo Sept. 21-23.
The Sheridan College rodeo is planned for Sept. 28-30.
The next rodeo will be in Lamar, Colo., on Oct. 5-7.
CWC completes the fall season at the Laramie County Community College rodeo in Cheyenne.
Central Wyoming College rodeo roster for 2012-13
Saddle bronc riders -- Colton Miller, Stetson Jorgenson, Kale McKenzie, Blain Mathews, Lane Jensen, Austin Nolan.
Bareback riders -- Cooper Clemens, Noah Beery.
Calf ropers -- Stetson Jorgenson, Frank Enos, Austin Eller, Trevor Scantling, Garret Webb, Coltin Hill.
Steer wrestlers -- Stetson Jorgenson, Coltin Hill, Frank Enos, Austin Eller, Chance Gonka, Cooper Clemens, Tyler Arnet.
Team ropers -- Coltin Hill, Stetson Jorgensen, Chance Gonka, Austin Eller, Garrett Webb, Trevor Scantling, Frank Enos, Cooper Clemens, Colt McKay, Toby Dunlavy, Shaylee Hance, Danni Jo Hinman.
Breakaway ropers -- Kaylee Burnett, Toby Dunlavy, Shaylee Hance, Karen Stone, Danni Jo Hinman, Chaylie Hulme, Stephanie Klein.
Goat tyers -- Kaylee Burnett, Toby Dunlavy, Shaylee Hance, Danni Jon Hinman, Chaylie Hulme, Stephanie Klein.
Barrel racers -- Jonnie Crossland.
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