Led by a one-two finish in the goat tying, the Chadron State College cowgirls won their third consecutive team title this spring while competing at the University of Wyoming rodeo over the weekend.
Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff and Shaylee Hance of Circle, Mont., were first and second in goat tying, respectively, and they also finished in that order for the season in the Central Rocky Mountain Region.
Chadron State scored 370 team points at the UW rodeo, 30 more than runner-up Gillette College. However, Gillette won the regional team title for the season by scoring a mere 11.67 points more than CSC.
Information released soon after the rodeo in Laramie ended Sunday afternoon, showed that Gillette finished with 3,155 points and Chadron State with 3,143.33 points. Both will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper next month.
The CSC cowgirls also won the team championship at Colorado State and Casper College, the rodeos which preceded the UW rodeo. Chadron State and Gillette shared first place at the first of the three rodeos in the region in April, each with 350 points.
Winchell won the goat tying in Laramie with times of 7.6 and 7.3 seconds. She shared first place in the opening go-round and had the fastest time of the rodeo during the championship session Sunday. Hance tied for sixth in the first go-round in 8.3 seconds, then wrapped up her second goat in 7.4 seconds, good for runner-up honors in the go-round and for the rodeo.
Unofficially for the year, Winchell has 1,035 points and Hance 1,020 to lead the region. Winchell has now placed in each of the top three spots in the regional standings in goat tying the past three years. She was second in 2011-12 while she was attending Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington and was third last year after transferring to CSC.
Hance was the regional winner last year when she was enrolled at Central Wyoming College at Riverton and is the runner-up this year.
Another Chadron State cowgirl, Amy Tierney of Oral, S.D., finished third in the regional standings this year with 510 points and also will compete at the national finals next month.
Three more CSC cowgirls also placed among the top six in their events at the University of Wyoming rodeo.
Freshman Brooke Nelson of Philip, S.D., was second in the breakaway roping averages. She caught her first calf in 3.0 seconds to share second in the go-round and caught the next calf in 4.6 seconds to tie for second, third and fourth in the final go-round on Sunday.
Also, junior Amy Deichert of Spearfish, S.D., placed third in the barrel race. She was eighth in the first go-round in 15.36 seconds and third in the second go-round in 15.14.
In addition, Abbie Frey of Crawfordsville, Ind., finished sixth in breakaway roping in 3.2 and 12.6 seconds and a CSC cowboy, Kelby Bond of Avondale, Colo., placed fifth in steer wrestling in 11.5 and 9.9 seconds. ❖