May 15, 2014
David Hinman wins All Around title for region
By Barbara Baker
NJC’s Head Rodeo Team Coach Brian Cullen (left) stands with four members of the Northeastern Junior College team who have qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo to be held in Casper in early June. (left to right) Treg Schaack from Edgemont, SD, Central Rocky Mountain Region All-Around Cowboy David Hinman from Hays Spring, NE (displaying the saddle he won), Tylor Bond of Avondale, CO and Kyon Kreutzer of LaVeta, CO all show off the buckles they earned in their respective events. Northeastern continues a wonderful tradition of national qualifiers and national winners. This is the tenth consecutive year that NJC rodeo athletes have qualified for the nationals. NJC has produced the national all-around cowboy and cowgirl several times in the last few years. (Courtesy Photo)
The Northeastern Junior College Rodeo Team put the finishing touches on a great season May 2-4 in Laramie, Wyoming at the Laramie River Rendezvous hosted by the University of Wyoming. With College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) qualifications on the line, the Northeastern team finished solidly qualifying four individuals to make the trip to the big show. A competitor must rank within the top three placings in their designated region in order to qualify for nationals which will be held in early June in Casper, WY.
Leading the pack for Northeastern was sophomore animal science major, David Hinman, from Hay Springs, Nebraska. Mr. Hinman was crowned the men’s All-Around Champion for the Central Rocky Mountain Region, which represents both two and four year colleges from Colorado and Wyoming.
Hinman finished second in the calf roping and third in the team roping as a heeler. “A year ago, David, qualified to the CNFR in the steer wrestling,” said Coach Brian Cullen, “David set a new goal this year to win the all-around championship and got the job done with a very solid performance all year long.” Hinman is certainly a favorite headed in to the CNFR for a national title. He has the experience of competing on the big stage of college rodeo last year. He’s a class act in the arena and in the classroom. He was just selected one of three outstanding ag student at the annual NJC agriculture department’s awards banquet in late April.
Another returning CNFR qualifier, engineering major Tylor Bond from Avondale, CO will compete at nationals in steer wrestling. Mr. Bond finished the year ranked second in the steer wrestling standings. “Tylor is a super tough kid,” says Coach Cullen, “He made several gritty runs this spring and it made the difference.” Tylor will be graduating from NJC this spring and will be transferring to the University of Wyoming to continue his education.
LaVeta, CO freshman diesel mechanics major, Kyon Kreutzer, lead the freshman crew to a second place finish in the team roping as a heeler. Roping with UW senior Clayton VanAkein, Mr. Kreutzer turned in a super solid season. “Kyon showed a lot of maturity with his roping,” says Coach Cullen,” He was the same guy day in and day out doing his job roping his steers by two feet.” Kreutzer finished strong and put an exclamation point on his season by winning with the last regular season rodeo in Laramie and left no doubt in anyone’s mind that he belongs at the College National Finals.
Freshman, engineering major, Treg Schaack from Edgemont, SD rounds out the field of top NJC cowboys. Schaack, a header, partnered with David Hinman turning steers for the all-around champion all year long. It came down to the last steer to get qualified to the CNFR and Treg came through with a clutch performance. “Treg is extremely talented,” says Coach Cullen, ”He got the job done when it counted and that makes it even more special.” Mr. Schaack was also crowned the Rookie of the Year by scoring more total points in all his events than any other freshman cowboy.
Several other NJC rodeo team members narrowly missed CNFR qualifications. None closer than sophomore business major Paxton Segelke from Snyder, CO. “Paxton just needed a break this spring,” said assistant rodeo coach Taya McAdow, who works with Northeastern’s women’s team, ”she is a super tough competitor and it just did not go her way, but she will return next year and I bet she doesn’t miss the finals again.”
“We started the year with a great core group and some very talented freshman,” said Cullen, praising the group as a whole. “ The team just kept feeding off each other and kept getting better and better. I am really looking forward to the finals. We have created a trap for ourselves with three national championships in the last two years, so the bar has been raised and we just have to go try to do it again,” he said. The rodeo program at Northeastern continues to appreciate the sponsorship of Cargill (Nutrena feeds) which has been a tremendous help to the program, the athletes and their horses for the last few years.
“We will be graduating some key team members, but most of them will be returning next year,” Cullen notes. “ It has been an honor to coach this team, I am very humbled by the opportunity to lead such a talented group.”
The College National Finals rodeo will take place June 14th-21st in Casper, Wyoming. Over 300 of the top college cowboys and cowgirls from across the country will gather and compete for national championships. This will be the tenth consecutive year NJC has qualified for the CNFR.