Jun 17, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCASPER -- Lacey Tech is the new goat-tying queen of college rodeo.
The veteran Central Wyoming College cowgirl brought home the national championship in the event Saturday
when she came up at the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center.
Tech entered the championship finals as the leader after the preliminary rounds, and she didn't have any problem holding the No. 1 spot.
With a packed crowd behind her, Tech put down a time of 6.6 seconds to seal the fourth individual title for CWC in the history women's college rodeo.
"It's awesome to win the title," said Tech minutes after she won. "That is what I have been working for the whole time at CWC. Rick and Lynn Smith have been great coaches. I can't say enough about them. My teammates are awesome."
Teammate Traci Hinman gave Tech a hug in the arena after she won the crown. Hinman and Tech have been at CWC for the past four years. The CNFR ended their CWC careers.
"That was pretty special," Tech said. "I can't say enough about my teammates."
Tech finished the week-long rodeo with a total of 26.4 seconds. Macy Fuller from Mesa lands Community College was second at 27 seconds. Eastern Wyoming's Shelby Winchell finished third at 27.6 seconds.
Tech was the last rider in the finals. Tech's other times in Casper were 6.7, 6.8 and 6.9.
"I wasn't nervous, I was excited," Tech said. "I just did what I always do. I didn't worry about anybody else."
Jessica Pichietti won the breakaway roping title for CWC at the 2009 CNFR. Daysha Hulme claimed the 2004 breakaway championship.
The other goat-tying for CWC came 1998, won by current coach Lynn Smith. Smith also hugged Tech in the arena after Saturday's outcome.
This was the final rodeo for the CWC coaching tandem of Rick and Lynn Smith. The husband-and-wife pair accepted the head rodeo coaching position at Cochise College in Arizona.
"Lynn and I are pretty good friends," Tech said. "It was awesome to see her out there."
History also was made on Saturday in the women's team standings when the Rustlers finished second in the nation.
The Rustlers scored 335 points for the highest finish ever by a CWC team. Texas Tech University won the national team trophy at 423.33 points. Sam Houston State University was third at 300 points, and Mesalands Community College finished fourth in 295 points. The University of Nevada Las Vegas was fifth (265 points).
CWC finished seventh in the nation in 2011 and third in the nation at the 2004 CNFR.
The Rustlers were hoping to send at least two or three cowgirls to the finals, but Tech was the only CWC athlete in the Saturday night spotlight. Had another cowgirl made the finals, CWC could well have won the national team championship.
Devin Nicholls had a costly no time in her first performance in breakaway roping but then blazed to times of 2.7 and 3.1 second to place 16th in the nation.
Nicholls has signed a national letter of intent to rodeo in the fall in Tarleton State in Texas.
Hinman had everything going for her in the first two rounds, collecting times of 6.9 and 7.0, but the CWC cowgirl couldn't get a time on Thursday night and fell out of the running for a spot in the finals.
Jacalyn Walker were clocked in times of 7.2, 10.5 and 7.6 to finish 28th in breakaway. Walker finished fourth in goat tying at the 2011 CNFR.
Walker is headed to Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, to rodeo next fall.
The Rustlers sent four cowboys to the CNFR, but couldn't get any into the finals. This is the second straight year CWC was shut out of the the finals
Ty Breuer was the 2010 bareback individual champion for the Rustlers at the CNFR.
Colton Miller and Charlie Kogianes were bucked of in the first round of saddle broncs, but both bounced back to post scores in the final two performances.
Miller had a 72 and a 69 to finish in 15th place with a total of 141. Kogianes came back with scores of 71.5 and 625 for a total of 134 to end up 18th.
Stetson Jorgensen came on strong at the end of the regular season to win the Central Rocky Mountain Region title in steer wrestling couldn't keep the momentum going in Casper .
Jorgensen opened the rodeo with a time of 4.7, but struggled on the second go for a 11.7. Jorgensen finished the third go going a 5.4 to place 18th.
Casper College Riley Krassin from Lander didn't record any times in the first two performances in steer wrestling.
Krassin ended the rodeo with a 6.9 in his final go, good for sixth in the nation.
at the 2011 CNFR.
CWC's Tyler Williams went 0-3 in the bull riding competition.
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