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Gillette College's Taylour Latham raises her hands after finishing her goat tying run during a performance at the College National Finals Rodeo last year at the Casper Events Center.

Weather permitting, the second half of the Central Rocky Mountain Region rodeo season will begin this weekend at Gillette College.

Heading into the spring season, the University of Wyoming men and the Eastern Wyoming College women lead the team standings through five fall rodeos.

The Cowboys scored the majority of their 2,700 points in the timed events in building a lead over defending CRMR champ Sheridan College (2,165 points) and Gillette College (2,025).

The UW team of Caden Camp and JC Flake top the team roping standings, while Kade Greer leads the way in the steer wrestling. Also sitting in the top five heading into the weekend are bulldoggers Ty Everson and Gage Greer, tie-down ropers Jase Staudt and Seth Peterson, and team roper Denton Shaw.

Sheridan College, the two-time defending regional champ, once again has used its depth in the roughstock events to be in contention. Two Generals are leading their respective events as Lane Schuelke is setting the pace in saddle bronc riding and Cody Johnson tops the bull riding. Bareback bronc riders Cole Reiner and Chance Ames, saddle bronc rider Trevor Clark and bull rider Cole Olson are also in the top five.

Other event leaders for the men are Chadron State College bareback bronc rider Kyle Bloomquist and Eastern Wyoming College tie-down roper Chadron Coffield.

For the women, Eastern Wyoming enters the spring season with 1,348.3 points, followed by Wyoming with 1,285 and Gillette College with 1,200.

Eastern Wyoming doesn’t have anyone leading an event, but Jacey Thompson sits third in both breakaway roping and goat tying and Karissa Rayhill is second in goat tying.

Wyoming’s Rachel Calvo leads the barrel racing and Teisha Coffield leads the breakaway while Gillette College’s Taylour Latham is atop the goat tying standings.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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