Rustler cowboys, cowgirls in chase for CNFR

May 3, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The pressure is on for Central Wyoming College Rustler cowboy Blaine Mathews to deliver Friday through Sunday at the University of Wyoming rodeo in Laramie.

Mathews enters the final rodeo of the regular season deadlocked for third in the saddle bronc competition with Travis Nelson from Gillette College in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional standings.

After nine rodeos, Mathews and Nelson are knotted with 475 points.

Only the top three in the region advance to the College National Finals in June at the Casper Events Center.

"Blaine has been practicing good," CWC rodeo coach Drew Schrock said. "His attitude is good. I think that he is excited about it. It will be fun to see how that it all plays out."

Mathews won the saddle bronc title April 21 a Casper College rodeo to put himself in contention.

"I have always said that Blaine has a perfect attitude. When things aren't going his way, he has a real short memory of it," Schrock said. "He doesn't let it tear him down. I have all the confidence in the world in him."

Nelson was second in the rodeo.

"To be up in the standings, you have to be good," Schrock said. "Travis has all the potential to make it."

CWC's Colton Miller is on the verge of the regional saddle bronc title with 635 points so far.

Ezekiel Thurston from Sheridan College is second (475).

"Colton has been outstanding in practices," Schrock said. "It has been really fun watching him this spring. I think that he is really close to having it."

Hance in first

CWC's Shaylee Hance has pulled into the regional lead in goat tying by two points.

Hance is sitting first with 857.5 points. Jordan Thurston from Gillette College stands second (855 points).

Northeastern Colorado cowgirl Hayden Segelke is third (522.5)

"Shaylee has been winning rounds all spring," Schrock said. "She is confident as well. Her horse is working good."

Hance is riding CWC assistant coach Traci Hinman's horse.

"It has been really fun watching her this spring," Schrock said.

Burnett in chase

Hance's teammate Kaylee Burnett is in a heated chase for a CNFR slot in the barrel racing.

Burnett is fourth with 485 points, while Wyoming's Chandler Markel is third (555 points).

"Kaylee's horse slipped at Casper and they kind of threw her back a little bit," Schrock said. "She just needs to keep doing on what she has been doing."

Kristi Steffes from Gillette College is second (655 points).

Segelke has a commanding lead (965).

"Every event is tough in the region," Schrock said. "If you are in position to go to the national finals this year, then you have had a really good year."

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