Mar 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLacey Tech, Traci Hinman, Jacalyn Walker and Devin Nicholls pushed Central Wyoming College to first place in the Central Rocky Mountain rodeo regional standings after the fall season.
As the spring campaign begins, the Rustlers are sitting on top of the 12-team field at 1,755 points. Northeastern Junior College is second (1,268.33 points), Gillette College stands third (1,005.00 points) and Laramie County Community College fourth (945 points).
The two top squads from the region qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center.
CWC opens the spring season Friday through Sunday at the Gillette College rodeo.
The Rustlers are ninth in the national standings with the points they earned from the fall season.
"They have had a great winter of practice," CWC rodeo coach Rick Smith said. "We had some intersquad competition that helped. We expect good things from them. You are never comfortable in the standings."
In the regional standings in goat tying, Tech and Hinman have emerged as frontrunners.
Tech is first at 505 points, and Hinman second at 480 points. Walker stands third at 155 points.
Nicholls and the University of Wyoming's Lyndia Coe are tied for fourth at 210 points in the breakaway roping competition.
Chadron's Kelsey Scott is first (260 points) and Wyoming's Kaycee Nelson second (230).
"Our freshman girls have had a wonderful practice in the winter," Smith said. "They are sitting behind four of the toughest girls in the nation."
"The men have showed significant improvement since last fall," Smith said. "We are going to be able to compete for a spot for the national finals as a team."
Smith has added Drew Schrock as an assistant coach for the Rustlers. Schrock competed for CWC in the late 1990s under Smith. He will be working with steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping events.
"Drew has added some enthusiasm," Smith said. "He set the example this winter."
In the regional standings, the Rustlers are sixth at 1,320 points. Casper College has the advantage (2,415 points). The Thunderbirds are followed by the University of Wyoming (2,235 points), Eastern Wyoming College (2,080), Gillette College (1,805) and Northeastern Junior College (1,350).
"The men practiced a lot over the winter," Smith said. "They seem to be in good condition. They look at the standings as a challenge. They will take it one rodeo at a time and chip away at the lead. I think that we will have good chance."
CWC's Ty Williams claims first in the bull riding competition after the fall season at 420 points. Casper's Joshua Harrell is second (250).
In saddle bronc riding, Colton Miller is second at 350 points for the Rustlers.
After the Gillette College rodeo, the Rustlers will be at the Colorado State University rodeo (March 30-April 1), Eastern Wyoming College (April 5-April 7), Casper College (April 20-22).
The season ends April 27 at the three-day University of Wyoming rodeo in Laramie.
Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings
Men's team standings
1. Casper College, 2,415; 2. University of Wyoming, 2,235; 3. Eastern Wyoming College, 2,080; 4. Gillette College, 1,805.00; 5. Northeastern Junior College, 1,350.00; 6. Central Wyoming College, 1,320; 7. Chadron State College, 1,090.00; 8. Laramie County Community College, 795; 9. Sheridan College, 400; 10. Lamar Community College, 205; 11. Colorado State University, 175; 12. Otero Junior College, 80; 13. Air Force Academy, 30.
Women's team standings
1. Central Wyoming College, 1, 755; 2. Northeastern Junior College, 1,268.33; 3. Gillette College, 1,005; 4. Laramie County Community College, 945; 5. University of Wyoming, 650; 6. Colorado State University, 500; 7. Chadron State College, 443.33; 8. Eastern Wyoming College, 436.66; 9. Casper College, 310; 10. Lamar Community College, 180; 11. Sheridan College, 100; 12. Otero Junior, 20.
Men's all-around -- 1. Clayton Van Anken, Wyoming, 870.
Women's all-around -- 1. Hayden Segelke, Northeastern Junior College, 965.
Saddle bronc riding -- 1. Gus Thoreson, Laramie, 375; 2. Colton Miller, CWC,350; 7. Charlie Kogianes, CWC, 225; 9. Wyatt Thurston, CWC, 115.
Bareback riding -- 1. Justin Moldaschel, Casper College, 580.
Bull riding -- 1. Ty Williams, CWC, 420.
Tie-down roping -- 1. Clayton Van Aken, UW, 560.
Steer wrestling -- 1. Chisum Doche,, Northeastern Junior College, 280; 13. Tom Osborne, CWC, 105.
Team roping header -- 1. Derek Weinries, Eastern, 470; 6. Corbin Nicholls, CWC, 210.
Team roping heeler --- 1. Levi O'Keefe, Eastern, 470; 7. Nolan Eckhardt, CWC, 150.
Barrel racing -- 1. Hayden Segkle, Northeastern Junior College, 500.
Breakaway roping -- 1. Jay Scott, Chadron, 260; 4. Devin Nicholls, CWC, 210; 7. Danni Hinman, CWC, 135; 9. Traci Hinman, CWC, 115; 15. Jacalyn Walker, 85.
Goat tying -- 1. Lacey Tech, CWC, 505; 2. Traci Hinman, CWC, 480; 7. Jacalyn Walker, CWC, 155; 11. Danni Hinman, CWC, 60; 13. Devin Nicholls, 55; 13. Shaylle Hance, CWC, 55. 1. Lacey Tech, CWC, 505; 2. Traci Hinman, CWC, 480; 7. Jacalyn Walker, CWC, 155; 11. Danni Hinman, CWC, 60; 13. Devin Nicholls, 55; 13. Shaylle Hance, CWC, 55.
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