FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Chadron State College cowgirls continued their outstanding performances at Central Rocky Mountain Region rodeos this past weekend. They won the women’s team title at the Colorado State University rodeo in Fort Collins, compiling 350 points for the second week in a row.
The Chadron women have placed at least third in the team standings at all eight rodeos in the region this year and have earned 2,455 total points, just 130 fewer than Gillette College, the regional leader.
The CSC cowgirls have won the team title at three rodeos in the region and shared the honor at another. They also placed second twice, tied for second once and were third in the standings at the other.
Two Chadron State entries placed second in their events to lead the way at the CSU rodeo. They are Shaylee Hance of Circle, Mont., in the goat tying and Katie Loughran (Lawhorn) of Broken Bow in the barrel race.
Hance’s times of 6.8 and 7.2 seconds tied for fourth place in both go-rounds of the goat tying, but her consistency earned the runner-up honors.
Loughran was eighth in the first go-round of the barrels in 15.61 seconds, but her time in the championship go-round of 15.02 seconds was the fastest of the rodeo and pulled her into second place in the averages.
Other members of the CSC women’s team also reached the finals in the goat tying and barrel race, but they did not place in the averages.
One of them was Amy Tierney of Oral, S.D., in both events. She tied for fourth in the opening go-round of the goat tying in 6.8 seconds, but her time of 8.6 in the finals left her out the top six in the final standings. Tierney placed fourth in the first go-round of the barrels in 15.56 seconds, but knocked over a barrel in the finals.
Also, Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff was third in the first session of goat tying in 6.7 seconds, but her second goat came untied.
Another CSC cowgirl, Danni Jo Hinman of Hay Springs, and her partner, Max Zimmerman of Eastern Wyoming College, placed fourth in the team roping averages with runs of 7.5 and 8.3 seconds.
Although they did not place in the averages, two Chadron State cowboys reached the finals on Sunday by ranking among the top 10 after the first go-round of their event. They are Derek Powers of Arthur in tiedown roping and Kelby Bond of Avondale, Colo., in steer wrestling.
No rodeo will take place this weekend in the region, but the contestants will return to action April 25-27 at Casper College.
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