Oct 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College Rustler cowboy Blaine Mathews tasted his first victory of the fall rodeo season on Sunday, winning the saddle bronc title in Cheyenne.
Mathews had a two-ride score of 147 points for the top spot.
Gillette College's Wyatt Kammerer finished second with 143 points.
"I know that Thursday night during practice Blaine went down and worked on the bucking machine," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said. "He had great mark outs for both of his horses to set himself up. He finished them."
In the regional standings, Mathews is sixth with 196 points.
"Blaine was excited after he won," Schrock said. "He needed it. He had some other good rides. He just missed his mark outs in the earlier rodeos. It was good for him to get that win."
In rodeo, "mark out" refers to the required position of the rider's spurs as the bucking horse leaves the chute.
Burnett shines again
Kaylee Burnett finished fourth in the barrel racing competition for CWC after being clocked in a time of 33.40 seconds. Gillette's Tally Roepke was first in 32.92 seconds.
In the regional standings, Burnett is fourth with 235 points.
Wyoming's Kristi Steffes is first at 615 points.
The top three in each event qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo.
"Kayla has to be in good contention for the year-end deal," Schrock said.
The CWC women's team finished fifth in the standings at the Laramie County Community College rodeo.
The Rustlers scored 90 points in the three-day event. Gillette College was first at 485 points.
The CWC men came in ninth (160 points). Eastern Wyoming College was first in 440 points.
The Rustlers will now be away from competition until the spring season.
"We are just going to keep in there and work on the basics," Schrock said. "It's a good time to really start making some changes on these horses."
There are five rodeos planned for the spring season.
"The last two years have proven that long, hard winter practices sure pay off for CWC," Schrock said.
Results from Laramie County Community College rodeo
Men's team standings -- 1. Eastern Wyoming College, 440; 2. Gillette College, 400; 3. Casper College, 353.33; 4. Sheridan College, 305; 6. Northeastern Junior College, 275; 7. Lamar Community College, 270; 8. Colorado State University, 170; 9. Central Wyoming College, 160; 10. Laramie County Community College, 108.33.
Women's team standings -- 1. Gillette College, 485; 2. Chadron State College, 395; 3. Lamar Community College, 170; 4. Laramie County Community College, 150; 5. Central Wyoming College, 90; 6. Sheridan College, 60; 7. (tie) Casper College and University of Wyoming, 20,
Men's all-around -- 1. Treg Schaack, Northeastern, 290.
Women's all-around -- 1. Cashlee Cunningham, Sheridan, 130.
Saddle bronc -- 1. Blaine Mathews, CWC, 147.
Bareback riding -- 1. Jeffery Clark, Wyoming, 151.
Bull riding -- 1. Tyler Williams, Casper College, 156.
Tie-down roping -- 1. Kyle Dickens, CSU, 18.2.
Steer wrestling -- 1. Tyler Thorson, Eastern, 10.6.
Team roping header -- 1. Brit Ellerman, Wyoming, 13.3.
Team roping heeler -- 1. Trey Yates, Eastern, 13.3.
Barrel racing -- 1. Tally Roepke, Gillette, 32.92; 3. Kaylee Burnett, CWC, 33.40.
Breakaway roping -- 1. Katelyn Ellis, Laramie, 6.4.
Goat tying -- 1. Shaylee Hance, Chadron, 14.1.