May 22, 1998
A sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls will represent the University and the Great Plains Region as the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Regional Barrel-Racing Champion at nationals June 14-20 in Rapid City, S.D.
Jill Krones, a sophomore from Hanover, Minn., won the title after competing in a total of 10 regional rodeos throughout the year. The region consists of contestants from some 12 schools in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. Points are accumulated according to placement in each event. Krones' first place wins at the South Dakota State University fall rodeo, the Iowa State University fall rodeo and the UW-RF fall rodeo helped secure the championship standing with 520 total points. The second-place regional winner trailed with 325 points.
Krones, an agriculture education major, has been riding since she was 4 years old. As Professor Anthony Jilek of the animal and food science department noted, her accomplishment is a high honor that she "has worked very hard for, not only this year but for a number of years."
She placed second in the Wahoo and Dickinson spring regional rodeos. She is the 1998 co-region barrel-racing director and UW-RF team captain. In 1997 she was the Minnesota Barrel Racing Champion.
Her many high school accomplishments include being a national qualifier and regional secretary from 1993-1995. She was pole-bending director in 1994 and barrel-racing director in 1995 and 1996. She was given the title of "All-Around Cowgirl" in 1995, attended the WSCA Championship show and represented her saddle club at the Minnesota State Fair.
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