Apr 3, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorColton Miller and Charlie Kogianes produced a one-two finish in the saddle bronc competition, putting Central Wyoming College second in the men's team standings Sunday in the Colorado State University rodeo in Fort Collins, Colo.
Miller scored a 69 and a 76 for his two-ride total of 145 points.
"Colton had a lot of effort on his part," CWC rodeo coach Rick Smith said. "He is going to be one of the best riders in the region as long as he is here."
Kogianes posted a 69 and 74 for his 143 points to end up right behind his teammate.
"Charlie had a great ride in the short go," Smith said. "Those two guys are coming on and feeling good."
In the Central Rocky Mountain regional standings, Miller is sitting second in saddle bronc at 490 points, and Kogianes fourth (430 points). Gillette College's Travis Nelson is first (525).
At CSU, CWC's Daine McNenny and partner Hanna Brown of Gillette College were second in the team roping competition (19.8 second)
"They weren't the fastest times in the world, but that worked out for Daine," Smith said.
Chadron's Kelsey Scott and Matthew Schieck of Sheridan College won the team roping title (19.8 seconds).
The Rustlers pilled up 410 points in the three-day rodeo in Fort Collins, Colo.
Gillette College won the team title rolling up 575.66 points. Sheridan College ended third (245) and Casper College came in fourth (225)
"Some of the guys did pretty well," Smith said. "I'm not going to be satisfied getting second. It's better than what we started out doing in Gillette. It's an improvement."
Smith said the rodeo in Fort Collins, Colo., was the second best of the season for the Rustlers. The best came at the Laramie County Community College rodeo last fall. CWC placed second in the rodeo in Cheyenne.
In the regional team standings, the Rustlers are sixth (1,865 points). Casper College is first (3,080 points) and Gillette College second (2,866.66).
"It's just going to be tough to catch up with those other teams," Smith said.
The top two teams from the region qualify for the College National FInals rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center.
"To be honest, the best rodeo we have had with a team like us is 500 points," Smith said. "It won't be impossible, but it will be tough."
CWC freshman bull rider Tyler Williams struggled in the first two rodeos of the spring season, but still has a lead in the regional standings.
Williams didn't last the required eight seconds in Fort Collins.
"Tyler just had a bull that really bucked in Colorado ," Smith said. "He was one of those bulls that isn't going to get rode very often."
Williams has 420 points in the bull riding standings. Casper College's Nevada Newman is second (350 points).
Men's team standings --- 1. Gillette College, 576.66; 2. Central Wyoming College, 410; 3. Sheridan College, 245; 4. Casper College, 225; 5. Laramie County Community College, 215; 6. Eastern Wyoming College, 205; 7. Northeastern Junior College, 195; 8. Chadron State College, 190; 9. Colorado State University, 130.
Men's all-around -- 1. Zachariah Phillips, Casper College, 165.
Saddle bronc riding -- 1. Colton Miller, CWC, 145; 2. Charlie Kogianes, CWC, 143.
Bareback riding -- 1. Zachariah Phillips, Casper, 146.
Bull riding -- 1. Jordan McAllister, Eastern Wyoming, 163; 5. Stetson Jorgensen, CWC, 69.
Tie-down roping -- 1. Kyle Dickens, CSU, 21.4.
Steer wrestling -- 1. Russell Hipke, Chadron, 10.8.
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