Third Round Of CNFR Competition Underway

College Rodeo

By: Susan Kanode

The first performance of the 69th annual College National Finals kicked off at the Casper Events Center on Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

While this was the first full rodeo performance, competition is now more than two-thirds complete. The second full round was completed Tuesday afternoon during slack. Then the third round started at the evening performance.

The fastest time of barrel racing was recorded during the rodeo when Loni Lester of the Sam Houston State University Bearkats stopped the clock in 13.98 seconds.

Lester, a junior majoring in animal science, qualified in barrel racing and breakaway roping. In the first two rounds, five seconds was added to her time for knocked-down barrels. She was determined to have a clean run in the third round, and that determination paid off.

She has been extremely consistent in her second event, stopping the clock in the first two rounds in identical times of 2.7 seconds. Lester, who will rope in the third round later this week, is in contention for the women's all-around title.

Denver Berry, son of four-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association steer wrestling world champion Ote Berry, was expected to do well in that event at the College National Finals. Berry, who attends Southeastern Oklahoma State University, stopped the clock in 4.6 seconds in his third-round competition on Tuesday evening.

In his first qualification, Berry leads both the third round and overall standings. He has a total time of 15.9 seconds on three runs and is in good position to be among the top 12 who qualify for Saturday night's championship finals.

Third-round competition continues at the second performance on Wednesday night, June 14, beginning at 7 PM.

Results:


Bareback Riding: (third-round leaders) 1, Tristan Hansen, University of Montana -- Western,74.5. 2, Cache Hill, University of Great Falls, 69.5. 3, (tie) Wyatt Bettony, Dine College, and Zach Hibler, Western Texas College, 67.5 each. (total on three) 1, Tristan Hansen, University of Montana -- Western, 222.5. 2, Cache Hill, University of Great Falls, 216. 3, Braxten Nielson, Weber State University, 208. 4, Zach Hibler, Western Texas College, 198.5.

Breakaway Roping: (third-round leaders) 1, Valerie James, Treasure Valley Community College, 2.6 seconds. 2, (tie) Brandi Epps, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Dalli Bean, Treasure Valley Community College, and Lakota Bird, Central Arizona College, 2.9. (total on three) 1, Teague Crane, Colorado Northwestern Community College, 9.6. 2, Kirbie Crouse, Missouri Valley College, 18.0. 3, Lakota Bird, Central Arizona College, 18.6. (on two) 4, Brandi Epps, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 5.0.

Steer Wrestling: (third-round leaders) 1, Denver Berry, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 4.8 seconds. 2, Wyatt Lindsay, New Mexico State State University, 5.6. 3, Gage Greer, Laramie County Community College, 5.7. 4, Bubba Boots, Northwest College, 9.3. (total on three) 1, Denver Berry, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 15.9. 2, Wyatt Lindsay, New Mexico State University, 19.9. 3, Bubba Boots, Northwest College, 20.2. 4, Cole Lickley, University of Idaho, 30.5.

Team Roping: (third-round leaders) 1, Chase Onaka, Cal Poly State University -- San Luis Obispo and Brushton Minton, West Hills College, 5.9 seconds. 2, Bubba Boots and Matthew Williams, Northwest College, 6.7. 3, Landon Heryford and Tim Messner, Oregon State University, 16.8. 4, Lindy Lehman and Garrett Springer, Treasure Valley Community College, 17.9. (total on three) 1, Chase Onaka, Cal Poly State University -- San Luis Obispo, 23.6. 2, Bubba Boots and Matthew Williams, Northwest College, 24.1. 3, Landon Heryford and Tim Messner, Oregon State University, 45.2. (on two) 4, (tie) Mason Boettcher, and Ty Arnold, Sam Houston State University; and Cooper White and Riley Wakefield, Gillette College, 12.7 each.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (third-round leaders) 1, Jake Finlay, Panhandle State University, 79.5 points. 2, Logan cook, Panola Junior College, 76.0. 3, Mason Mardesich, Otero Junior College, 75.5. 4, Josh Davison, New Mexico State University, 68. (total on three) 1, Logan Cook, Panola Junior College, 210.5. (on two) 2, Jake Finley, Panhandle State University, 153.5. 3, Jalen Joaquin, Cochise College, 145. 4, (tie) Will Centoni, Cuesta College and Tanner Butner, University of Montana Western, 140.5.

Goat Tying: (third-round leaders) 1, Rickie Engesser, Gillette College, 6.3 seconds. 2, Tess Turk, University of Montana -- Western, 6.4. 3, Kylee Bennett, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 6.6 4, Raegan Bloom, Montana State University, 6.7. (total on three) 1, Rickie Engesser, Gillette College, 19.4. 2, Kylee Bennett, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 20.2. 3, (tie) Kirbie Crouse, Missouri Valley College, and Quincy Segelke, Gillette College, 20.7 each.

Tie Down Roping: (third-round leaders) 1, Reid Zapalac, Tarleton State University, 8.0 seconds. 2, Colton Farquer, Cal Poly State University, 9.0. 3, Bryce Bott, Casper College, 9.2. 4, Dillon Sherrick, Oklahoma State University, 9.8. (total on three) 1, Reid Zapalac, Tarleton State University, 27.9. 2, Colton Farquer, Cal Poly State University -- San Luis Obispo, 29.8. 3, Bryce Bott, Casper College, 37.4. 4, Preston Pederson, Blue Mountain Community College, 39.5.

Barrel Racing: (third-round leaders) 1, Loni Lester, Sam Houston State University, 13.98 seconds. 2, Kailee Webb, University of Wyoming, 14.36. 3, Kelsi Haller, Lake Land College, 14.47. 4, Danyelle Williams, Blue Mountain Community College, 14.50. (total on three) 1, Kailee Webb, University of Wyoming, 43.50. 2, Danyelle Williams, Blue Mountain Community College, 43.81. 3, Kelsi Haller, Lake Land College, 44.05. 4, Abby Phillips, Panola Junior college, 44.19.

Bull Riding: (third round no rides) (total on two) 1, Ruger Piva, University of Montana Western, 157. 2, Cody Ballard, Panhandle State University, 154. (on one) 3, Blue Wilcox, Mesalands Community College, 75.5. 4, Jake Davis, Northwest College, 73.

Men's All Around: 1, Bubba Boots, Northwest College, 190 points. 2, Marcus Theriot, East Mississippi Community College, 165. 3, Wyatt Miller, Fort Scott Community College, 70. 4, BoDell Jessen, Odessa College, 65.

Women's All-Around: 1, KL Spratt, Sam Houston State University, 140 points. 2, Kirbie Crouse, Missouri Valley College, 125. 3, Loni Lester, Sam Houston State University, 95. 4, Lakota Bird, Central Arizona College, 70.

Men's Team: 1, Panhandle State University, 460 points. 2, University of Montana -- Western, 325. 3, Northwest College, 280. 4, Sam Houston State University, 275.

Women's Team: 1, Sam Houston State University, 295 points. 2, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 280. 3, Treasure Valley Community College, 195. 4, (tie) University of Tennessee -- Martin, and University of Wyoming, 175.

Complete results are available at www.collegerodeo.com.

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