Mar 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorDevin Nicholls placed second in the goat-tying event Sunday at Gillette College to help protect the Central Wyoming College women's rodeo team lead in the regional standings.
Nicholls had two rides in the rodeo for a combined 15.1 seconds.
The three-day rodeo in Gillette opened the spring rodeo season.
"Devin made a super nice run for us on Sunday," CWC women's coach Lynn Smith said.
"She gave her team some much-needed points."
Traci Hinman finished eighth for the Rustlers in goat tying at 16.8 seconds.
"Traci did get some points for us in goat tying, but she wasn't as strong as she normally is," Smith said.
Hinman and Nicholls were the two members of CWC's points team to score any points in the three-day rodeo.
"We really didn't do as well as we would have hoped for," Smith said.
Lacey Tech and Jacalyn Walker were also on the points squad.
"It was a freak deal that it just happened to all three of them in one rodeo," said Smith about her three veterans not having a good rodeo.
CWC finished fifth in the team standings in Gillette at 120 points.
Gillette College was first (480 points), Chadron State came in second (220) and Northeastern Junior College third (180).
"Gillette had an opportunity to do a heck of a lot better than what they did," Smith said.
"They could have had a 600-point rodeo, but they blew some opportunities."
In the regional standings, the Rustlers are first (1,875 points), Gillette College is second (1,485) and Northeastern Junior College stands third (1,448.33).
The top two squads from the region qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center.
"We are having a hard time bumping off our veterans from our points team," Smith said.
"Going into your first rodeo of the spring, you put a lot of expectations on yourself do go out and do well. That doesn't always work out that way."
CWC freshmen cowgirls Karen Stone and Shaylee Hance produced their best rodeo of the season in Gillette.
In the breakaway roping competition, Karen Stone tied for first with a two-ride score of 5.6.
"Karen roped fantastic all weekend," Smith said.
"She roped pretty good last fall. It's a transition from high school to college."
Stone was clocked in 3.1 seconds in the opening round and 2.5 in the finals.
Gillette's Megan Belus and Casper's Talea Sunde tied with Stone.
"The breakaway competition is the most wide open in the region," Smith said.
"You can advance quickly in that event.
This will really help Karen move up in the standings."
Hance finished third in goat tying (15.3 seconds). Gillette's Jordan Thurston won the goat tying title (15.3).
"Shaylie has been improving all winter long," Smith said.
She has been advancing all winter long.
We knew that she would do good this spring."
The points scored by Hance and Stone didn't count in the team standings for the Rustlers.
"We lost out on probably 230 points that the freshmen accumulated because they weren't on the points team," Smith said.
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.