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Hance vaults to first as CNFR continues
Shaylee Hance of Central Wyoming College tied a goat during practice in the regular season. Hance is now tied for first place at the College National Finals Rodeo this week in Casper. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Hance vaults to first as CNFR continues

Jun 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College cowgirl Shaylee Hance skyrocketed into a three-way tie for the lead in goat tying Wednesday night at the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center.

Hance was clocked with a time of 6.4 seconds to jump into contention for a national championship.

The CNFR started on Sunday afternoon.

"It's pretty cool and pretty exciting," Hance said on Thursday morning. "When I came out of the arena, I really didn't know that I moved that far. I was pretty excited when I found out."

Hance said her goat on Wednesday night was the best one out of the three she drew at the CNFR.

"That really helps when your goat is really good," Hance said.

Her first time was a 7.1.

"After the first go, I felt that I had a really long shot at making the long round (finals)," Hance said.

She followed it up with a 6.6 in her second performance.

"My goat in the second round went right a little bit," Hance said. "My ground work was pretty smooth in all three of my rounds. I just didn't work with my horse as fast as I needed to."

Her total after the performances is 20.1 seconds.

Victoria Cooper from Sam Houston State University has had a 6.7, 6.9 and a 6.5 to tie Hance.

The other cowgirl knotted with the CWC sophomore is Dana Spitzke from Western Oklahoma State College.

Spitzke came up with times of 6.7, 6.9 and 6.5.

"It's pretty tight at the CNFR," Hance said. "There is a really good chance that I will get bumped out of first. I'm hoping that I will keep my place."

Former Shoshoni High School cowgirl Coralee Spratt has finished three rounds in a total of 23.2 seconds. Spratt recorded times of 8.0, 8.6 and 6.4 to sit 18th. Spratt is finishing her freshman season at Northeastern Junior College.

Northeastern won the Central Rocky Mountain regional title this year.

Hance was the goat tying champion from the region in the regular season.

"Our region is very tough in goat tying," Hance said.

Spratt's teammate Hayden Segelke is sitting in 30th with times of 6.2 and 6.7. Jordan Thurston from Gillette College is 28th in 6.3 and 6.2.

Thurston and Segelke still have one more ride left in goat tying.

The CNFR continues Thursday and Friday nights at the Casper Events Center.

Performances start at 7 p.m.

"It's pretty tough to watch, but I'm still pretty confident that I will make the finals," Hance said.

The top 12 competitors make the finals in each event on Saturday night.

"That would be perfect," Hance said. "That is what I have worked for all year, especially if I am one of the top four or five girls."

Central Wyoming College freshman Blaine Mathews scored a 66 on his second performance in the saddle bronc competition.

Mathews didn't post a score in his first performance.

"Blaine has had two really strong horses," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said.

"He has a good attitude. He will come back and do the best that you can do. He will do a great job."

CWC's Colton Miller didn't have any scores in his first two rides in saddle bronc.

Miller won the Central Rocky Mountain Region title this spring.

Miller and Mathews are both scheduled to go on Thursday night for their final ride of the CNFR.

"Colton has the right attitude that he will come back and do the best that you can do on his third one," Schrock said.

"They are not hanging their heads."

Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Charlie Kogianes is fifth in the standings for Cochise College in Arizona.

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