CSC cowboys don’t qualify: Nebraska rodeo team falls short of nationals
Although the Chadron State College cowgirls did well at the University of Wyoming rodeo earlier this month, the CSC cowboys did not have the success they needed and did not score enough points to qualify as a team for the College National Finals Rodeo in June.
The CSC men’s team managed just 125 points, its lowest of the 2014-15 season, and finished in third place in the Central Rocky Mountain Region’s standings. Casper College and Gillette College earned the two national slots.
Casper, which tallied a whopping 620 points at the UW rodeo to easily win the team title, finished the season with 4,125 points and Gillette scored 3,680. Chadron State finished with 3,405. Wyoming was fourth with 3,265.
The only Chadron State cowboy to place among the top six in his event was senior Nate McFadden of Dunning, Neb., who had scores of 66 and 74 points to rank fifth in the bareback riding.
Three more CSC entries made it to the finals Sunday, but each of them was blanked in that go-round.
The three included graduate student Wyatt Clark of Wellfleet, Neb. He scored 67 points to rank fifth in the first round of the bareback riding. He had already wrapped up second place in the region’s bareback standings and will be CSC’s only entry at the finals rodeo in Casper. He scored 1,025 points for the season.
Two Casper College cowboys are the other CNFR bareback qualifiers. Dantan Bertsch won the title with 1,210 points and Dylan Wahlert is third with 950.
Jedd Rice of Boise, Idaho, who was 10th in the first go-round of the saddle bronc riding, and Prestyn Novak of Newell, S.D., who was third in the opening go-round of the steer wrestling in 4.9 seconds, were the other CSC cowboys to make the finals at the Wyoming rodeo.
A freshman, Novak finished fifth in tie down roping with 370 points and 10th in steer wrestling with 255 in the region for the school year.
David Hinman of Hay Springs, Neb., who attends Northeastern Junior College at Sterling, Colo., finished third in the tie down standings with 422.5 points. The CSC rodeo last fall was his “big rodeo” of the year. He won the tie down title to score 160 points.
Meanwhile, two Chadron State cowgirls who are seniors wrapped up their careers in style at their final college rodeo last weekend. Shaylee Hance of Circle, Mont., won the goat tying and Amy Deichert of Spearfish, S.D., was the runner-up in the barrel race. But it was too late for either of them to qualify for the national rodeo.
The 310 points that they accumulated in Laramie allowed CSC to finish second in the women’s standings.
Deichert was third in the opening go-round of the barrels in 15.28 seconds and won the finals in 15.00 for her runner-up honors. She was sixth in the region’s final barrel racing standings.
Hance was third in the first go-round of the goat tying in 7.1 seconds and won the second go-round at UW in 6.6 seconds to take her top honors.
Hance also won the goat tying at the CSC rodeo last September and at the Casper College rodeo two weeks ago, but did not earn points at any of the remaining seven rodeos this season. She was the region’s goat tying champion as a sophomore at Central Wyoming College in 2012-13 and was second to teammate Shelby Winchell by just 15 points a year ago after transferring to Chadron State.
For this season, Hance finished fifth in the region with 505 points. The third place goat tyer has 635.
Another CSC goat tyer, freshman Kayellyn Hall of Minatare, finished seventh at the Wyoming rodeo with times of 7.6 and 8.5 seconds.
Gillette, with a monstrous 3,282.50 points, won the women’s team title in the region. NJC was second with 1,755.
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