June 24, 2014

Peaks and valleys best describes the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) experience for Northeastern Junior College. Four students, all with great promise, traveled to Casper to the finals hoping to bring home at least one national championship, but, as Head Rodeo Coach Brian Cullen would say,  “In a baseball analogy “we left too many runners stranded on base.”

Leading the way for Northeastern  was recent graduate Tylor Bond of Pueblo in the steer wrestling.  Tylor, who was second in the region in this event,  started out well at Casper, placing  third in both the first and second rounds of competition, leading the nation at the half way point. However, a treacherous third steer slammed on the breaks and left Bond skidding over his head, closing the door on any hopes of a championship.  This young man will continue his education this fall at the University of Wyoming where he is expected to be a top contender for the Cowboys.

In the team roping, Kyon Kreutzer, a freshman from LaVeta, made a business man’s run in the first round recording a 7.6 second run. However luck would change and his header missed the second steer. In the third round, he and his partner rallied back with a 5.9 second run to place third in the go-round but it was too little too late. Kreutzer returns to NJC in the fall and is expected to be a standout competitor again in 2014-2015.

Treg Schaack (freshman engineering major from Edgemont, SD) who was partnered with David Hinman (animal science major from Hay Springs, NE) had a finals they both would like to forget.  Both made several respectable runs, but couldn’t string anything together. Hinman was named the All Around Cowboy for the Central Rocky Mountain Region earlier in the season.  Both of these cowboys will be returning to NJC in the fall and are outstanding talents.

NJC cowboys placed in three go-rounds of competition during the 2014 CNFR, but were unable to qualify for the top 12 championship go-round. Former NJC cowgirl Hayden Segelke of Snyder, CO who is now a rodeo athlete at Eastern New Mexico University (Portales), and who was the National All Around CNFR Cowgirl two years back to back while attending NJC, captured the national goat tying championship this year.

According to Cullen, with some exciting new talent coming to NJC this fall and most of the current team returning, the future looks bright, “I am proud of our team, the finals didn’t go like it has the last couple of years; however, NJC continues to be a national contender in college rodeo.”