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Miller takes regional lead in saddle bronc competition

Apr 2, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

After the Torrington rodeo, the Rustlers will compete in the Casper College rodeo.

Colton Miller and Cooper Clemens placed high for Central Wyoming College at the Colorado State rodeo Saturday.

Miller finished second in the saddle bronc competition and scored 146 points on two rides.

In the Central Rocky Mountain regional standings, Miller is first in saddle bronc with 460 points.

Sheridan College's Ezekiel Thurston is second (450 points). Gillette's Travis Nelson sits third at 335 points.

"Colton is riding really well right now," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said. "Colton has a new saddle. It looks really good right now. I'm excited for him."

Miller won the regional saddle bronc title last year as a freshman.

"Colton just needs to ride one horse at a time," Schrock said. "That is all you can do. He has practiced hard up to this point. He has some things rolling."

Miller's teammate Blaine Mathews finished fourth with 128 points.

Clemens of Blackfoot, Idaho, scored third for CWC in steer wrestling.

Clemens had a time of 11.0 seconds in Fort Collins, Colo.

"He drew good. He used the steers," Schrock said.

"He took control of it. He scored good all weekend."

The Rustlers placed fifth in the team standings at CSU, scoring 240 points.

Eastern Wyoming College took the team crown (625 points).

University of Wyoming finished second (560), and Casper College placed third (510).

"I think that we had an outstanding weekend," Schrock said. "It's tough down there. The arena is set up different."

The arena in Fort Collins, Colo., is indoors.

"In all the timed events the cattle have to run right into the bucking chutes," Schrock said. "Nothing runs real smooth. It's a tough arena to go compete in."

Schrock wants the Rustlers to keep the momentum going Friday though Sunday in Torrington.

"I feel like everybody on the whole team has looked like they have practiced hard the whole winter," Schrock said. "I feel like it doesn't matter right now if we had two rodeos in a row.

Everybody is solid. Their horses are working good."

Schrock said for the most part the Rustlers are healthy heading into the final stretch of the season.

After the Torrington rodeo, the Rustlers will compete in the Casper College rodeo (April 19-21) and University of Wyoming rodeo (May 3-5).

CWC sits seventh in the regional standings with 1,470 points.

Eastern Wyoming College is first at 3,053 points.

University of Wyoming stands second (2,770).

The top two teams qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center.

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