Four Chadron State College contestants will be competing that the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper beginning on Sunday, June 13 and continuing through Saturday, June 19.
The CSC entries include senior Quincy Segelke, a native of northeastern Colorado who now lives at Rozet, Wyo. She will compete in all three of the women’s events after being the reserve all-around cowgirl in the Central Rocky Mountain Region during the 2020-21 season.
Segelke finished second in the region’s breakaway roping standings and third in the goat tying standings for the season, paving the way for Chadron State to finish second in the women’s team standings and qualify for nationals.
In 2019, the last time the CNFR took place, Segelke tied for first in the opening go-round of breakaway roping with a 2.1-second run and also made the top 10 in the second go in 2.6 seconds. However, she failed to catch the third calf and did not reach the finals.
Brianna Williams and Phanette Gray are other members of the CSC women’s team in Casper. Both had their best performances of the past season in mid-March, when Williams won the breakaway roping at the Gillette College rodeo in 2.5 seconds and Gray was third in that event at the Sheridan College rodeo in 2.7 seconds.
Williams is a senior from Buffalo, Wyo., and Gray is a sophomore from Ridgeview, S.D.
Chadron’s State other CNFR contestant is bareback rider Rowdy Moon, a graduate student from Sargent, Neb. He is seldom bucked off. He rode all 16 broncs that he drew this past year and made it to the eight-second buzzer during 22 of his 23 rides in 2017-18, including all three at the CNFR.
Moon missed the 2018-19 season because of an injury and did not compete during the Covid-19 shortened season in 2019-20. He returned to complete his eligibility last fall while taking graduate courses and helping coach his teammates.
Moon finished the past season strong. He was fourth in the region’s bareback standings at the end of March, but was the runner-up at the first two rodeos in April and won event at the last one to move into second place. He earned at least 71 points on five of his last six rides.
Following a church service in the morning, the college finals will open Sunday afternoon in the Casper Events Center with two sessions of Bulls, Broncs and Barrels. A full day of slack will take place on Monday, starting at 7 a.m. Performances featuring all nine events starting at 7 p.m. will take place throughout the week, concluding with the championship go-round featuring the top 12 contestants in each event Saturday night.