CHADRON – Thirty-four Chadron State College rodeo contestants, evenly divided between men and women, will open the fall season in the Central Rocky Mountain Region this weekend at the rodeo hosted by Central Wyoming College at Riverton.
Both Chadron State teams are a blend of proven performers and new team members who hope to help CSC at least maintain the high level of success it had a year ago.
The women’s team includes three cowgirls who competed at the College National Finals Rodeo at Casper in June. They are junior Jessie Sturman of Lusk, whose best event has been breakaway roping, and sophomore barrel racers Amy Deichert of Spearfish and Katie Loughran of Broken Bow.
Also on the team is Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff, who finished second in the region and third in the nation in goat tying while competing for Eastern Wyoming College last year.
CSC senior Kelsey Scott of Douglas, Wyo., last year’s regional breakaway champion by a 450-point margin, the third place team roping header and the region’s runner-up all-around cowgirl, will also compete again this year. However, her points won’t count in CSC’s team standings because she has already competed four years.
Scott is getting an additional year of individual competition because she was the student representative on the region’s board of directors the past two years.
The new student board member is also on this year’s CSC team. She is Amy Tierney of Oral, S.D., a transfer from Northeastern Junior College. She will enter all three of the women’s events.
The men’s team graduated its two top performers from a year ago, Miles Spickelmier of Imperial and Jake Kraupie of Bridgeport, but returns a number of cowboys who placed several times at the region’s 10 rodeos.
They include steer wrestlers Lane Day of Bartlett, Russell Hipke of Stuart and Clinton Lambrecht of Wood River.
Also back are rough stock contestants Collin Chytka and Zane Smith of Broken Bow and ropers Trevor Kahl of Bartlett and Derek Powers of Arthur.
Chadron State will stage its rodeo Sept. 21-23 in the newly revamped Dawes County Fairgrounds arena. Coach Dustin Luper said performances will be at 7 o’clock both Friday and Saturday nights and 10 a.m. Sunday following Cowboy Church.
Slack is set for 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
—CSC Sports Information
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