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March 18, 2013 — It didn’t take long for the University of Wyoming women’s team to give up its overall Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) lead after faltering in last weekend’s opening spring rodeo at Gillette College.
The Cowgirls slipped to second place overall in the latest CRMR standings after placing sixth at the first of five spring rodeos. Northeaster Junior College (NJC in Sterling, Colo.) overtook the Cowgirls in the standings with a solid second-place finish at Gillette College.
NJC holds a slim lead with 1,895 points through six rodeos, while the Cowgirls are second at 1,862.5. The Gillette women have 1,775 points, making it a three-team race. Only the top two teams in the region will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo this summer in Casper.
Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) took the first spring rodeo with 367.5 points, while NJC scored 317.5 and the host Pronghorns had 260. UW scored all of its 117.5 points in just a single event -- goat tying.
Senior Lydia Coe, from Salinas, Calif., was the runner-up in the average with a combined two-round time of 16.9 seconds. She won the opening round and was second in the short go.
Cayla Allen, a senior from Bellvue, Colo., was the only other Cowgirl to place in the average, splitting sixth in breakaway roping. However, her points didn’t count in the team’s standings.
The top three positions in the men’s CRMR standings didn’t change after the opening weekend.
The Sheridan College men won for the first time in six rodeos, scoring a team-leading 440 points to edge the host Pronghorns by just 10 points. UW was third with 385 points.
Gillette took over the regional lead with 2,680 points, while EWC slipped to second at 2,428.3 points. The Cowboys currently are third and in contention for a top-two position with 2,210 points.
Defending national team roping champion Tyler Schnaufer continued his hot streak by taking the all-around title at Gillette College. Hayden Segelke of NJC won the women’s all-around.
Schnaufer, a Pueblo, Colo., senior, won both rounds of tie down roping to take the average and placed sixth in team roping with UW partner Clayton Van Aken, a Descanso, Calif., junior, on a two-run time of 23.1 seconds.
The final team points came from junior Justin Moldaschel of Stanton, Minn., in bareback riding where he finished third in the average with 137 points on two rides.
Sophomore Brit Ellerman of Fort Lupton, Colo., placed fourth in team roping with partner Dane Kissick of Gillette College, but his points didn’t count in the team’s total.
UW’s teams are off this weekend. The next competition is scheduled March 29-30, at the Colorado State University rodeo in Fort Collins.
For a complete list of team points and individual results from the Gillette College rodeo, click here.