Lacey Camp did what she needed to do. The only problem for the Casper College senior was so did Gillette College’s Quincy Segelke.
Competing in the short go-round in breakaway roping of the Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days Rodeo at The Arena at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds on Sunday, Camp made a 3.0-second run to move into a tie for the average with a two-run time of 5.6 seconds.
Unfortunately for Camp, Segelke followed with the fastest time of the weekend – 2.2 seconds – to win the short go and the average with a 4.8. The two had tied for the long go win with 2.6-second runs.
“Lacey ropes amazing and that makes it fun because you have to compete to your competition,” Segelke said. “The best part about it is we root each other on. I like to see her win as much as she likes to see me win, and that’s what makes it awesome.”
The two have done a lot of winning this spring.
With one rodeo remaining, Segelke leads the Central Rocky Mountain Region standings in the breakaway and the all-around. Camp is second in both.
Not bad considering Camp failed to score a point during the first four rodeos in the fall while Segelke managed just 30 points. That all changed at the final rodeo of the fall season – Laramie County Community College’s Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo. Segelke won the breakaway there while Camp tied for third.
Since then, both Segelke and Camp have finished at or near the top in three of four spring rodeos.
“I took that last run in the fall and just rolled with it,” Camp said. “I just tried to use that and build off of it. And my confidence has gotten better and better with each run.”
Camp has also been a force in barrel racing. She placed fifth Sunday and is fourth in the regional standings heading into next weekend’s Laramie River Rendezvous.
“I would love to go to the finals in two events,” said Camp, who qualified for the season-ending College National Finals Rodeo in breakaway her freshman and sophomore seasons. “I’ve really got my mind on right and I really want to win a national championship.”
Obviously, so does Segelke, who has the added bonus of knowing she’ll be at the CNFR in June as part of Gillette College’s regional championship team.
The Pronghorns won the team title at Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days and lead second-place Wyoming by more than 1,000 points. Casper College sits third, about 500 points back.
Sunday, Gillette not only got a championship performance from Segelke, but made it a clean sweep with Shyann Russell winning the barrel racing and Rickie Engesser the goat tying.
With the regional title locked down, the Pronghorns can now concentrate on the national finals, which are June 11-17 at the Casper Events Center.
The Thunderbirds finished second behind strong showings from Camp, barrel racer Kassidy Williams and goat tyer Kaycee Monnens.
“Those three have been our workhorses,” Casper College head coach Jhett Johnson said. “They make the short round and then when they get there they finish the course. They have had an outstanding spring.”
Monnens was third for the weekend while Williams was fourth.
On the men’s side, Sheridan College finished first to increase its regional lead over Gillette College, which was second for the weekend.