The Gillette College women’s rodeo team continued its year-long dominance of the Central Rocky Mountain Rodeo this past weekend by winning Casper College’s Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days Rodeo.
Rickie Engesser won the goat tying and the all-around titles, with Quincy Segelke placing third in breakaway roping and Taylour Latham fifth in barrel racing. The Pronghorns finished with 380 points to 255 for runner-up Eastern Wyoming College.
Gillette College has won six of nine regional rodeos this season and has already clinched the top spot in the CRMR and a berth in June’s College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Eastern Wyoming College leads No. 3 University of Wyoming by nearly 200 points for the second automatic spot.
The team race remains a lot closer on the men’s side, although defending regional champ Sheridan College all but clinched a trip to the college finals by winning the Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days Rodeo.
Led by Chance Ames winning the bareback bronc riding, the Generals totaled 480 points to hold off Laramie County Community College, which finished with 430.
Sheridan College enters the final rodeo of the CRMR season – UW’s Laramie River Rendezvous this weekend – with 3,720 points, followed by LCCC with 3,315, Gillette College with 3,205 and Casper College 3,060.
“I don’t think I’ve seen it like this in my 10 years,” Gillette College coach Will LaDuke said. “Usually it’s just a couple teams dominating. It really makes your kids rise to the occasion if they want to go to the CNFR.”
Added Sheridan College coach Marc Gilkerson: “It’s been tight in the past, but we were never in it. Hopefully we can keep it up in Laramie next week.”
Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days
Team: Sheridan College 480, Laramie County Community College 430, Gillette College 385, Casper College 320, Northeastern Junior College 305, Central Wyoming College 290, University of Wyoming 245, Chadron State College 225, Otero Junior College 200, Lamar Community College 175, Eastern Wyoming College 120.
Bareback Bronc Riding: Chance Ames, SC, 154 points; Colt Hokana, GC, 154; Brock Wahlert, UW, 142; Rowdy Moon, CSC, 138; Thomas Davis, CWC, 136.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Rhett Fanning, GC, 149 points; Carter Elshere, GC, 148; Lane Schuelke, SC, 146; J.W. Meiers, CC, 126; Garrett Uptain, SC, 120.
Bull Riding: Nate Hoey, LCC, 158 points; Garrett Uptain, SC, 157; K’s Thomson, SC, 141; Jacob Smith, UW, 71; Ty Ward, SC, 59.
Steer Wrestling: Thomas Davis, CWC, 9.2 seconds; Austin Hurlburt, LCCC, 11.1 Prestyn Novak, CSC, 11.3; Ryan Shuckburgh, LCCC, 11.4; Taylor Davidson, CWC, 11.6.
Tie-Down Roping: Bernard Girard, LCCC, 17.1 seconds; Jace Staudt, NJC, 18.5; Cody Darnell, NJC, 19.3; Logan Brown, CC, 19.4; Seth Andersen, GC, 19.4.
Team Roping: Cooper White, GC/Austin Crist, OJC, 12.9 seconds; Kaelie Oliver/Logan Brown, CC, 20.2; Justene Hirsig/Denton Shaw, UW, 20.9; Drew Neuerburg/Lance Neuerberg, NJC, 24.3; Wheaton Williams/Jerren Johnson, CC, 7.1.
Team: Gillette College 380, Eastern Wyoming College 255, Casper College 245, Laramie County CC 175, Central Wyoming College 155, University of Wyoming 110, Colorado State University-Pueblo 100, Sheridan College 100, Lamar Community College 95, Chadron State College 90, Otero Junior College 65, Colorado State University 50,.
Barrel Racing: Kelsey Lensegrav, UW, 30.02 seconds; Lakken Bice, SC, 30.55; Karissa Rayhill, EWC, 30.85; Kassidy Williams, CC, 30.90; Taylour Latham, GC, 31.07.
Breakaway Roping: Georgie Lage, LCCC, 5.0 seconds; Deni Lou Nicholls, CWC, 5.2; Quincy Segelke, GC, 5.3; Tacie Canfield, LCC, 6.0; Teisha Coffield, CSUP, 17.4.
Goat Tying: Rickie Engesser, GC, 13.8 seconds; Libby Winchell, EWC, 14.1; Kaycee Monnens, CC, 14.1; Brandi Cwach, CSC, 14.4; Teisha Coffield, CSUP, 14.7.