Posted 2 months ago
By John Axtell
CASPER, Wyo. – The second go-round of the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper on Tuesday proved to be another good one for Chadron State College as the women’s team team sits in 2nd place with goat tiers Shelby Winchell and Shaylee Hance both in the top 5 . CSC has 195 points, just 2.5 behind Central Arizona College.
Winchell, a senior from Scottsbluff, shared the third-fastest time in the second round at 6.3 seconds and moved into second overall with a total of 12.9 seconds. Hance a junior from Circle, Mont., had a second run of 6.9 seconds and slipped from third to a tie for fourth at 13.3.
CSC’s third goat tier, senior Amy Tierney of Oral, S.D., is 12th among the 44 entries with a total time of 13.8 seconds after having a 6.6-second time in the second go-round. Tierney qualified for the CNFR automatically as the Central Rocky Mountain Region student director and so her results don’t count in the team standings race.
The other two counting members of the CSC team are barrel racers Amy Deichert of Spearfish, S.D., and Katie Loughran of Broken Bow. Both are juniors and Deichert moved into the Top 5 after she and her bay gelding Frenchie led off the second go-round with the second-fastest time of the day, 13.89 seconds.
That leaves her tied for fifth at 28.38 seconds going into the final go-round. Loughran completed her second run in 14.54 seconds and is 29th overall at 29.30 seconds, well within the striking distance of reaching the top 12 and a spot in Saturday’s final or short go-round.
Hayden Segelke of Eastern New Mexico, the CNFR All-Around Cowgirl winner the past two years at Northeast (Colo) Junior College, has the lead in the goat tying at 12.8 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than Winchell, while the barrel racing lead belongs to Taylor Engesser of Gillette College in 28.17 seconds.
Although not previously announced, Chadron State has one cowboy at the CNFR. Steer wrestler Russell Hipke of Stuart had missed qualifying by one spot, finishing fourth in the region in the regular season, but made it Casper anyway when one of the regional qualifiers couldn’t compete.
Hipke, who’d come up one spot short the past 2 years as well, unfortunately took a no-time in his first run Monday, but bounced back in the second round with a time of 5-seconds flat, the ninth- fastest times of the day among the 44 cowboys. Unfortunately, 29 scored in both rounds…making it almost impossible for Hipke to reach the championship go-round.
Winchell, Hance, and Tierney have their last go-round of the preliminaries tonight, as does Deichert in the barrels. Loughran makse her third run Thursday night and Hipke will be the final steer wrestler during the Friday night performance…the last before the championships.
David Hinman of Hay Springs and Northeast Junior College is having a difficult CNFR. A tie down roper, he took a no-time in the first go-round on Monday and struggled in the second round with a time of 18.7, leaving him 39th out of 46 competitors.