Jun 7, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCoralle Spratt quickly showed she is one of the best cowgirls in the nation on the college rodeo level.
The former Shoshoni High School standout made a smooth transition in her freshman season at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. She jumped right into the starting lineup to help Northeastern win the Central Rocky Mountain women's team championship.
With her performance in the rodeo arena, Spratt has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo to be held next week at the Casper Events Center.
The cowgirl will be in the breakaway roping competition and in goat tying.
"I'm very excited," Spratt said. "It has always been the ultimate goal to get there. It's even cooler that it's in Casper.
Hopefully some of the local people that I know will come and watch."
The CNFR starts at 1 p.m. Sunday with two performances of the bulls, broncs and breakaway events.
"You just work so hard to keep this goal in mind," Spratt said. "I'm going to try to keep the ultimate goal in mind to work very hard to get to the short go (finals) on Saturday night."
The rodeo continues Monday through Friday with performances at 7 p.m.
The finals are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"Your goal is to be a national championship," Spratt said. "Along with that, my team this year has been fantastic."
Spratt finished third in the region in breakaway roping.
She put up 275 points.
University of Wyoming cowgirl Kaycee Nelson was the regional championship with 665 points. Her teammate Lydia Coe finished second with 450 points.
The top three individual rodeo athletes make the CNFR.
"My season wasn't as good as I would have liked it to be in breakaway roping, but you can't complain if you make it," Spratt said.
Spratt went to Billings, Mont., a couple of weeks ago to win the Northern States breakaway roping title.
"Hopefully that will give me confidence to go to the CNFR," Spratt said. "There were a few tough competitors. Most of the top girls from our region came. There were girls from all over."
With Northeastern winning the regional championship, Spratt will be entered in the goat tying event.
Spratt was eighth in the region.
"I think that it's going to be tough in both events coming from everywhere," Spratt said. "I believe that our region is very tough. Hopefully, this region will win."
Spratt said one of the reasons she went to Northeastern was because of coach Taya McAdow.
Northeastern edged Gillette College for the team title; Northeastern scored 2,705 points and Gillette College put in 2,675.
"I loved being around our coach," Spratt said. "She is always positive. She was a good competitor herself."
Spratt's teammate Hayden Segelke won the all-around women's title last year at the CNFR.
Segelke won the regional barrel racing title and was fourth in goat tying.
"She brings out the competitor in all of our teammates," Spratt said. "She is very confident in herself. She makes you believe. She was a very inspirational person to be around and to practice with all year."
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