March 30, 2012

Four of the six members of the men's rodeo team, and the four women's team members.

Top: Four of the six member of the NJC Men’s Rodeo Team, who won the Gillette, WY rodeo, are shown here: (left to right) Chism Docheff, Longmont, CO; Caleb Weddle, Milaca, MN; Ben McAdow, Conifer, CO; and Shay Carroll, LaJunta, CO. (Courtesy Photo)
Bottom: The NJC Women’s Rodeo Team, which is doing really well this year include: ( left to right) Amy Tierney Oral, SD; Jessie Miller, Woodland Park, CO ; Brook Barker, Ault, CO; and Hayden Segelke Snyder, CO. (Courtesy Photo)

When the Northeastern Junior College Rodeo Team heads to the next spring college rodeo, it will be with a little more hardware on board.  Northeastern’s men’s team was crowned champions of the Gillette College Rodeo the weekend of March 17-18.  The NJC women’s team shined bright in the fall when it came out the high point team at both the Chadron and Lamar rodeos.  And, according to NJC Rodeo Coach Brian Cullen, “It was overdue for the men’s team to win a championship.”

And win it they did, with all six men on the team at Gillette returning to the short round, three of them in multiple events. 

Anchoring the effort was Shay Carroll, a business major from La Junta, CO.  Mr. Carroll won three buckles in Gillette; team roping, calf roping, and all-around cowboy.  However, those points were not enough to win the championship.  Caleb Weddle, an engineering major from Milucui, MN, followed that up with a third place in the steer wrestling.  Kelby Bond, an ag major from Avondale, CO, finished right behind his team mate in the steer wrestling with a fourth place finish in conjunction with a top ten in the team roping.  Completing the effort was Chisum Dochef, an animal science major from Longmont, CO;  Ben McAdow, an ag business major from Conifer, CO; and Tylor Bond an engineering major from Avondale, CO..

On the women’s side of things, Hayden Segelke, of Snyder, CO,  turned in a dominating performance in the barrel racing.  Ms. Segelke teamed up with her super horse, Rascal, to win the barrel race by almost a full second on two runs.  “This is unheard of in the barrel racing,” notes Cullen. “This is Hayden’s third rodeo win of the year and she leads the barrel racing by 300 points.

“It was good to kick off the spring season on the right note, we got after in the off season and have been working hard,” states Cullen, “This is a tough region and it is an honor to win the first rodeo of the spring.”  This moves our teams and a number of individuals into strong positions to go to the national college finals.  The team will be on the road in the coming weeks to Ft. Collins; Torrington, WY; Casper, WY; and Laramie, WY. 

Northeastern Junior College has a number of students hauling and competing in the collegiate circuit. Each college, however, must identify a specific group of students who are competing for team points by which the collegiate standings, by region, are calculated.