With just two rodeos remaining in the Central Rocky Mountain Region this spring, no Chadron State College contestants have nailed down a spot at the College National Finals Rodeo, but several remain in contention.
The CSC team will return to action this weekend at Casper College. The final rodeo in the region will be May 3-5 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Those with the best shot of finishing among the top three in the region in their events are tie down roper Mitch McAdow of Littleton, Colo., steer wrestler Russell Hipke of Stuart, breakaway roper Devan Frey of Hyannis and goat tier Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff.
McAdow is fourth among the tie down ropers with 475 points, just 55 points out of third place and 60 out of second. The event leader, Dane Kissack of Gillette College, has 590 points.
A stellar performance at a rodeo can earn at least 160 points for a contestant.
Hipke is one of 10 steer wrestlers still in the battle for the three national final spots. All 10 have earned at least 200 points, and the event leaders, Morgan Jamerman of Casper College and Carter Coble of Lamar College, have 255 points apiece. Hipke is tied for sixth in the logjam with 230 points.
Another CSC steer wrestler, Collin Chytka of Broken Bow, is 13th in the region with 180 points. Hipke won the event at the Colorado State rodeo March 29-31 and Chytka was the winner at the Eastern Wyoming College rodeo the following weekend.
Frey is sixth in the breakaway roping standings with 190 points. That’s a long ways behind event leaders Lydia Coe (450 points) and Kaycee Nelson (430), both of the University of Wyoming, but not so far behind the third place contestant, Ali Bilkey of Otero College, who has 255 points. Frey was the breakaway winner at the CSU rodeo, where she earned 160 points.
Winchell is fourth among the goat tiers with 440 points. Third place belongs to Hayden Segelke of Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., with 522.5 points. The leader, Jordan Thurston of Gillette College, has 720 points and runner-up Shaylee Hance of Central Wyoming College has 687.5.
The CSC women are fifth in the regional standings with 1,440 points. That’s 562.5 points behind third place Wyoming. Led by Segelke, NJC has the lead with 2,370 points, 70 more than Gillette, which is in second place.
The CSC men are eighth in the team standing with 1,602.5 points. Each of the top three teams, Eastern Wyoming, UW and Gillette, has more than 3,100.