Apr 12, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Rustlers stand fourth in the region with two rodeos to go.
Central Wyoming College cowgirl Shaylee Hance isn't satisfied with the runner-up position in the region in the goat tying.
Hance has two more rodeos left to climb into the top spot in the Central Rocky Mountain Region in goat tying before the season is finished.
The top three rodeo performers in each event from the region qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center. Hance is a sophomore this year at CWC.
"It's pretty exciting, but I would rather be first," said Hance Thursday night during practice. "I'm just not going to look at the points. I'm just going to take it one ride a time."
Hance won the last two rodeos to get into title contention.
"It's better than last year, so I'm pretty excited," Hance said.
Hance was in and out of the Rustlers' lineup last year. This spring,
Hance is riding a different horse.
"I just have figured out some different things that I need to work on," Hance said.
Hance is using CWC women's coach Traci Hinman's horse.
"My other horse is really good, but (the new horse) just gives me a little bit of an edge," Hance said. "He just gives me a little bit more confidence."
Hance is up to 687.5 points this year in goat tying.
"There are some really tough girls in the region," Hance said. "I don't have the position locked up at all."
"Shaylee is doing awesome," Hinman said. "Mentally, she has been really prepared."
Hance is the CWC women's team captain for Hinman.
"Being team captain has helped her," Hinman said. "Being in that leadership role, she is showing the other members what they have to do to win."
Jordan Thurston of Gillette College has the regional lead in goat tying with 720 points.
Northeastern Junior College's Hayden Segelke is third at 522.5 points.
"With Jordan and Hayden they were some of the top girls last year," Hinman said. "They are still here. I would say that it's just as tough as it always has been."
Hance comes to CWC from Circle, Mont.
"Shaylee just needs to keep being smooth, consistent and just keep having fun," Hinman said. "She is in a really good position right now to win the region right now."
The Rustler women have moved into fourth in the team standings in the region after a sluggish start in the fall season.
The Rustlers head into the final two weeks of the season with 1,547.50 points.
"They are just doing a really good job this year working together as a team," Hinman said. "I think that is a lot of the reason why they are doing so good. "
Northeastern Junior College is first at 2,370 points. Gillette College stands second (2,300 points). The University of Wyoming is third (1,962.50).
"They just worked really hard this winter," Hinman said. "We tie goats mandatory three times a week. They have been doing stuff as a team with out it being mandatory. They just really want to work hard and get better."
Hinman is not surprised the Rustlers are climbing up the ladder in the spring season.
"They went to some jackpot rodeo this winter, and they did really good at those," Hinman said. "I had a feeling that would show us how the spring is going to go."
The top two teams from the region advance to the CNFR.
"They still have a chance of getting second," Hinman said. "They just need to have two really good weekends these last two rodeos."
CWC freshman Kaylee Burnett is fourth in the region in barrel racing.
"We recruited her because she is a good goat tier," Hinman said. "She also has a good barrel horse. I didn't even know that she had that nice of a barrel horse when she came to school here."
At the Torrington rodeo, Hinman had a time of 16.30 for her fastest time.
Burnett has earned 485 points. Segelke pulled out in front of the pack with 965 points.
Kristi Steffes from Gillette College is third 570 points.
University of Wyoming's Chandler Markel stands third (555 points).