Mar 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College men's rodeo coach Rick Smith was hoping a couple of months of practicing indoors would lift his squad in the Central Rocky Mountain Regionals standings Sunday in Gillette, but it didn't happen.
The Rustlers finished seventh in the team standings in the three-day Gillette College event, scoring 135 points.
"I was disappointed because they worked so hard in the winter," Smith said. "It wasn't for lack of effort or preparation. For whatever reason, we didn't do very well."
Northeastern Junior College from Sterling, Colo., won the team title (675 points). Gillette College placed second (485) and Casper College came in third (440).
The Rustlers are sitting sixth in the regional standings at 1,455 points.
Casper College is first (2,855) and the University of Wyoming stands second (2,610).
"We just pretty much made mistakes that beat us," Smith said.
"I don't really have the answers. We just have to hang in there."
Eastern Wyoming College finished fourth (390), and University of Wyoming ended fifth (375).
The next spring rodeo for CWC is March 30-April 1 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
"Everybody would probably have like to get back right to it," Smith said. "We will get in a couple of more practices before the next rodeo."
CWC saddle bronc rider Charlie Kogianes opened the rodeo with a 69-point ride.
Kogianes was bucked off in the finals and settled for fourth in the standings.
"Charlie did do well in the long round, but he didn't finish the short round," Smith said. "The short round is where you are going to win championships."
Casper College's Zachariah Phillips won the crown by scoring 140 points on two rides. Wyoming's Eric Gewecke placed second at 137 points.
In tie-down roping, CWC's Daine McNenny finished fifth in 25.7 seconds.
"Daine had the opportunity, like Charlie, to do really well, then he made a couple of mistakes," Smith said.
"A couple of mistakes costs you from being first or second to fifth or sixth."
Northeastern's Shay Carroll was first (20.8 seconds), and Dane Kissack from Gillette ended second (21.4).
CWC results from Gillette College rodeo held Friday through Sunday
Men's team standings
1. Northeastern Junior College, 675; 2. Gillette College, 485; 3. Casper College, 440; 4. Eastern Wyoming College, 390; 5. University of Wyoming, 375; 6. Chadron State College, 135; 7. Central Wyoming College, 135; 8. (tie) Air Force Academy and Sheridan College, 45; 10. (tie) Lamar Community College and Otero Junior College, 40.
Women's team standings
1. Gillette College, 480; 2. Chadron State College, 220; 3. Northeastern Junior College, 180; 4. Casper College, 145; 5. Central Wyoming College, 120; 6. Eastern Wyoming College, 115; 7. Sheridan College, 100; 8. Lamar Community College, 85; 9. Colorado State University, 50; 10. Laramie County Community College, 5.
Men's all-around -- 1. Shay Carroll, Northeastern, 320.
Women's all-around -- 1. Megan Belus, Gillette College, 145.
Saddle bronc -- 1. Zachariah Phillips, Casper, 140; 4. Charlie Kogianes, CWC, 69.
Bareback riding -- 1. Justin Moldaschel, Casper College, 155.
Bull riding -- 1. Nevada Newman, Casper, 146.
Tie-down roping -- 1. Shay Carroll, Northeastern, 20.8; 5. Daine McNenny, CWC, 25.7.
Steer wrestling -- 1. Thomas Smith, Wyoming, 10.5.
Team roping header -- 1. Tyler Schnaufer, UW, 15.2
Team roping heeler -- 1. Shay Carroll, Northeastern, 15.2.
Barrel racing -- 1. Hayden Segelke, Northeastern, 28.93.
Breakaway roping -- 1. Megan Belus, Gillette College, 5.6; 2. Karen Stone, 5.6.
Goat tying -- 1. Jordan Thurston, Gillette College, 14.4; 2. Devin Nicholls, CWC, 15.1; 3. Shaylee Hance, CWC, 15.3; 8. Traci Hinman, CWC, 16.8.
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