Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
Led by a one-two finish in goat tying, the Chadron State College cowgirls finished the regular season in the Central Rocky Mountain Region by taking the team title at the University of Wyoming over the weekend for their third straight win.
The Eagles topped Gillette College 370-340, but it wasn’t enough to catch Gillette for the regional title – leaving the Eagles in 2nd by less than 12 points…3,155 to 3,143.33…with Central Wyoming nearly 2,000 points farther back. CSC and Gillette both advance to next month’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.
Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff and Shaylee Hance of Circle, Mont., finished 1-2 in goat tying in Laramie, allowing Winchell to slip past Hance for the season title 1,035-1,020.
Winchell tied for 1st in the first go-round at U-W and won the short go-round while Hance was 6th after the first round and had the second-fastest time in the finals. Amy Tierney of Oral, S.D., didn’t place this weekend, but finished the season in 3rd place with 510 points.
Winchell is headed for the CNFR for the third time after finishing 2nd in the region in goat-tying two years ago while attending Eastern Wyoming College and 3rd last year for CSC.
She told the Casper Star-Tribune that getting to Casper along with Tierney and Hance…the regional champ last year for Central Wyoming College…had been the target all year.
“Getting all three of us to the college finals was one of our goals all season. Coming into [Sunday] I knew what I had to do … I guess the stars were just in line,” she said.
CSC had 3 other cowgirls finish in the top 6 in their events at U-W. Leading that group was freshman Brooke Nelson of Philip, S.D., who was 2nd in breakaway roping. Nelson was 2nd in the first round and part of a 3-way tie for 2nd in the short go-round.
Junior Amy Deichert of Spearfish, S.D., placed 3rd in barrel racing, bouncing back from 8th in the opening go-round to grab 3rd in the finals, and Abbie Frey of Crawfordsville, Ind., was 6th in breakaway roping.
Deichert finished 4th in the season standings in barrels, one spot out of qualifying for the CNFR individually, but will still go as a member of the 4-member CSC team.
Amy Tierney, a fifth-year senior, would normally be the other member of the team, but automatically qualified from the start of the year as the Central Rocky Mountain Region student director. As such, her CNFR results won’t count in the CSC team total but she will still be representing the Eagles.
CSC Coach Dustin Luper will pick his other team member this afternoon after reviewing the regional standings in the various events.
Only one CSC cowboy, Kelby Bond of Avondale, Colo., placed in Laramie…finishing 5th in steer wrestling.
Russell Hipke of Stuart, NE, was battling Coltin Hill of Central Wyoming for the third and final CNFR berth in steer, but neither man placed in either round at U-W…allowing Hill to keep the spot 460-415. It’s the third straight year Hipke has missed the CNFR by one spot.
David Hinman of Hay Springs, who competes for Northeastern (Colo) Junior College, claimed the All-Around Cowboy season title as he finished 2nd in tie-down roping and 3rd in team roping. Hinman didn’t place in tie-down roping at Laramie, but was 3rd in team roping.
Gillette won the men’s team season standings by less than 42 points over Casper…4,720-4,678.3…with Sheridan over a thousand points behind in 3rd.