May 23, 2013
For first time ever, entire women’s team qualifies for Wyoming trip
For the first time ever in the history of Northeastern Junior College, the women’s team has qualified for the national finals rodeo to be held in Casper in June. The ladies team earned this championship by accumulating the most point in the Central Rocky Mountain region.
The Laramie Rodeo was the tenth and final regular season regional rodeo for the Central Rocky Mountain Region. The Nutrena-sponsored NJC Women’s Team went into this last rodeo with enough points to lead the region. Hayden Segelke’s anchored the team by winning the region in the barrel racing and CRMR All-Around Cowgirl championship for the second year in a row. Segelke’s constant winning streak this whole season garnered enough points for the NJC women’s team to keep them at the forefront of the standings right up to the end.
Each college is asked to identify a group of four ladies and six men that represent the women’s and men’s teams per season and points are tracked on these groups. Other card carrying individuals from any college are welcome to enter and compete at the rodeos, they just aren’t part of the “team” standings. Northeastern was fortunate this year to have some strong players on both teams. The college capped off the regular season in Laramie, winning the women’s team championship, barrel racing championship, steer wrestling championship, and the women’s Rookie of the Year Award.
Complimenting Hayden Segelke’s performance was freshman, Coralee Spratt, a nutrition major from Lysite, Wyoming winning third in the breakaway roping and being crowned Rookie of the Year. Also, contributing to the women’s team points title was freshman, Paxton Segelke, a business major from Snyder, CO and Hope Delaware, a freshman from Merino, CO.
On the men’s side, it was all about the steer wrestling. Four of the members of NJC men’s team had a chance to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) and it would come down to the last day to decide. Caleb Weddle, a sophomore engineering major from Milaca, Minnesota took the regional champion title in the steer wrestling. Tylor Bond, a sophomore engineering major from Avondale, CO and David Hinman, a freshman animal science major from Hay Springs, Nebraska tied for second and third in the regional standings in the steer wrestling. All three will be competing at the CNFR. The men’s team finished the season jumping to fourth place in the region.
The College National Finals Rodeo which is the final showdown for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, will take place June 9th-15thin Casper, Wyoming. Last year Hayden Segelke came home from Casper with the National All Around Cowgirl title as well as the saddle and buckle that go with it.
Northeastern’s teams have been coached this year by head coach Brian Cullen and assistant Taya McAdow. Several years ago the program made the decision to recruit and focus on the timed events. “This has proven to be a really good decision for Northeastern,” notes Coach Cullen. “We have been able to really work with these students to improve upon their already great talent and we are seeing the benefits of doing this now.” Cullen said that no matter how much coaching he and McAdow might do, it is the support that comes from the faculty and staff on campus and the larger community as a whole. He cites the recent generous sponsorship arrangement that has been made with Cargill/Nutrena as being a great example of how this area comes forward to support these teams. “Often these students are on the road, traveling afar to do their thing, but they represent Northeastern with the utmost pride and it brings a lot of good attention to Sterling, Colorado.”