September 14, 2011
The top ladies point team at the Chadron Rodeo, coached by Taya McAdow include: (left to right) Coach McAdow, Hayden Segelke, Amy Tierney, Brooke Barker and Jessie Miller. The NJC Women’s Rodeo Team is currently sitting first in the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Courtesy Photo
Women win team championship at Chadron last weekend
It is that time of year when the flow of truck and horse trailers streams into Sterling. It’s when members of the Northeastern Junior College (NJC) Rodeo Team arrive here ready to start a year of collegiate competition. As they left home, the last thing they put in their trailer was one or more horses. With no wasted time, upon their arrival here, the NJC rodeo team started practice the second day of school. Tuesday through Thursday and even sometimes on the weekend, you’ll see 30 or more full-time college students gathering at the Logan County Fairgrounds as they prepare for the fall Central Rocky Mountain Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeos. This is nothing new for these young people, they have been on the rodeo trail all summer long and this is just a continuation of business as usual with the addition of a full load of college courses.
If the first rodeo of the fall season is any indication of what’s to come, the competition is going to be fierce. And, NJC’s teams are going to be at the top of the pack. At Chadron last weekend, NJC left the rodeo with two individual championships and a women’s team title.
For the first time in memory, the NJC women’s rodeo team won the title at Chadron. Led by a big performance from Hayden Segelke of Snyder, CO, the women’s team is currently ranked Number 1 in the region. Segelke won the barrel race, placed third in the goat tying, and placed fifth in the breakaway roping. Her efforts were supported by a Top 10 finish from Amy Tierney of Oral, SD in the breakaway roping. Other cowgirls representing NJC on the designated ladies point team were Brooke Barker from Ault, CO and Jessie Miller from Woodlin Park, CO. With this jump to the front, the women’s team is off to a great start. Tierney, a sophomore, narrowly missed a College National Finals Rodeo (CNRF) qualification in the barrel racing last year. She also competes in breakaway roping and goat tying. Segelke has won just about everything in high school and junior rodeo including an incredible four national championships in the goat tying. She’s also won a number of other state and national awards too numerous to mention. NJC has high expectations for this freshman.
The men’s team didn’t do too shabby at Chadron either. Sophomore Shay Carroll of La Junta, CO led the men’s team with a win in the team roping. Ben McAdow of Littleton, CO had success winning the first round of competition in the calf roping and Chism Docheff of Longmont, CO was Top 10 in the steer wrestling. Carroll concluded his freshman year at NJC with a solid performance at the CNFR held in Casper last June when he won second place in the second round of team roping. Carroll represented NJC well and is back this year to finish his business degree and take care of some unfinished business in the arena.
In addition to Carroll, the men’s team has the leadership of returning sophomores McAdow, Docheff, plus Brandon Lippert, Canon City, CO, Bryce Simmons, Granby, CO, and Kelby Bond, Avondale, CO. Joining them will be a pair of freshmen engineering majors; Caleb Weddle from Milenuca, MN and Tylor Bond from Avondale, CO. Both of these young men have older siblings that have been on the NJC Rodeo Team and both of these new recruits won the high school all-around titles at their respective state high school finals this summer.
“It is always exciting to start practice again in the fall, each new year is a challenge and we see new faces and have new ideas. This year is no different. There is a lot of talent on the team and we are looking forward to a great season,” says women’s team coach Taya McAdow. While only six men and four women are designated to represent the college in the “point” competition at each college rodeo, a number of other NJC students are competing individually at these contests. NJC students are constantly vying for a spot on the college’s point team and this team is designated from one rodeo to the next depending on who might be excelling in any one event at the time. It is the success of the designated point team that determines a college’s ranking in the region.
“It will be an exciting season, both the men’s and women’s team have members with a lot of national competition experience,” states head coach, Brian Cullen. “This crew has what it takes, it will be tough to pick the points team with this much talent.” With five rodeos this fall and five more this spring, it will be a long season, but it looks to be a very rewarding one for the NJC rodeo team.