Posted 2 months ago
By John Axtell
The college rodeo fall season in the Central Rocky Mountain Region wrapped up over the weekend with the Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, and the Chadron State women once again scored high.
CSC placed 3 competitors and had 3 others reach the finals to finish second in the team scores behind Gillette College. Leading the way were Shaylee Hance of Circle, Mont., and Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff, who went 1-2 in goat tying.
They were tied for second at 7.1-seconds in the first go-round, then Hance posted a 7.0 to win the finals or short go-round as well as the average. Winchell’s mark of 7.2 was good for runner-up honors in both the go-round and the averages.
At the halfway point of the season, which will resume with five more rodeos in the spring, Winchell leads the region in goat tying with Hance second. Winchell didn’t post a win, but had a trio of seconds and a third while Hance now has a first, a second, and a third.
Hance also reached the finals at Cheyenne in a second event, team roping. She and her partner, Kooper Batt of Casper College, didn’t make connections on their second run.
CSC’s other placer at LCCC was Amy Deichert of Spearfish, who finished third in barrel racing. Deichert was tied for fifth in the first go-round in 16.66 seconds and was third in the second session in 16.63 seconds to finish third in the averages.
Both Amy Loughran of Broken Bow and Amy Tierney of Hot Springs reached the finals in barrel racing, but failed to place. Loughran was 4th after the opening round, but almost 2-seconds slower in the finals while Tierney knocked over a barrel on her second run.
Gillette College took the women’s team crown by 90 points over CSC and leads them in the regional standings after 5 rodeos by just 50 points…1,590 to 1,540…with the next closest nearly a thousand points back.
Three Chadron State cowboys made it to the finals at LCCC, but only one placed. Rolly Fortune of Interior, S.D., finished sixth in the tie down roping with times of 11.0 and 13.3 seconds.
Kelby Bond of Avondale, Colo., was 9th in the first go-round in steer wrestling in 5.7-seconds and flipped his second steer in 5.4, but broke the timing barrier too soon and was penalized 10-seconds.
had 10 seconds added to that time because he broke the barrier.
Colin Chytka of Broken Bow rode both of his saddle broncs to the 8-second buzzer, but his scores were not high enough to place him in the averages.