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Hance fourth at national rodeo

Jun 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Central Wyoming College Rustler cowgirl already had won the Central Rocky Mountain Regional title.

Shaylee Hance placed fourth in goat tying Saturday night at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper representing Central Wyoming College.

Hance was timed in a run of 6.5 seconds in the finals to end the rodeo with a total of 26.8 seconds.

The finals consisted of the top 12 cowgirls from the early rounds.

"It was pretty exciting," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said. "She made four outstanding runs. She was consistent. She didn't make any mistakes. I'm proud of what she did."

Hance's other scores were 7.1, 6.6 and 6.4 seconds.

Jordan Thurston-Miller of Gillette College won the title in 24.8 seconds. She put in a time of 6.1 seconds in the finals.

Thurston-Miller had times of 6.3, 6.2 and 6.2 on her way to the title.

Northeastern Junior College cowgirl Hayden Segelke finished second with a total of 25.7 seconds. Amy Tierney of Chadron State was third in 26.0 seconds.

All four come from the Central Rocky Mountain Region.

Hance won the region regular-season title in goat tying.

"The word around the CNFR is that the region is very tough in goat tying," Schrock said. "That is why the girls can go compete so well at the CNFR."

Northeastern Junior College freshman Coralee Spratt of Shoshoni finished 33rd in the nation in goat tying with times of 8.0, 8.6 and 6.4.

Spratt was 27th in breakaway roping. She didn't have a score in her first go. Spratt had a time of 12.5 seconds in the second go and a 3.0 in the third go.

Her team, Northeastern Junior College, finished second in the nation in the women's standings with 490 points.

daho State University won the team title, rolling up 520 points.

Tarleton State University finished third (435 points) and Gillette College was fourth (388.3).

Gillette College had the best finish among the Wyoming schools at the CNFR.

CWC finished 17th scoring 100 points.

Schrock said Hance is leaning on coming back to CWC for another season in the fall.

Saddle bronc

After not getting a score in his first go, CWC's Blaine Mathews came back with points of 66 and 65.5 for a total of 128.5 to place 14th in saddle bronc competition.

"Blaine drew a really strong horse on his first one and bucked him," Schrock said. "You have to tip your hat off to the horse."

Colton Miller from CWC finished the CNFR with a score of 69.5 to end up 21st. Miller didn't have any scores in his first two rides. Mathews is returning next season at CWC. Miller will rodeo in the fall at Tarleton State University in Texas. Miller joins former CWC cowgirl Devin Nicholls on the roster in Tarleton.

"I don't blame Colton," Schrock said. "They have a lot of winter rodeos in Texas. He is leaving on good terms. I wish him the best."

Tarleton finished third in the nation in the men's standings at the CNFR with 735 points. Panhandle State University won the men's title (820 points). College of Southern Idaho finished second (745).

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