ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team will send six cowboys and four cowgirls to the 61st Annual Central National Finals Rodeo to compete in six different events. The CNFR will be held in Casper, Wyoming at the Casper Events Center from June 14-20.
After 10 rodeos throughout the 2008-09 season, Chancy Lovinggood, Kody Woodward, Joe Macoubrie, Colt Stearns, Trenton Johnson and Luke Blanton have earned the honor to attend the CNFR.
Steer wrestling is the most populated event by Northwestern, as three Rangers will compete. Woodward enters the CNFR as the leader in the Central Plains Region, while Stearns and Johnson are in 5th and 7th place spots, respectively.
Johnson will additionally compete in tie down roping, where he is currently second in the Central Plains Region. He won the steer wrestling title at the Northwestern Rodeo.
Blanton will make back-to-back performances in tie down roping, finishing 28th in the event at the 2008 CNFR. He is currently third in the region and ten points back of Johnson.
Macoubrie will be the header in team roping for Daniel Reid of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The duo placed first at the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo and at the Southwestern Oklahoma State Rodeo and is in second place in the region.
Lovinggood will be the lone Ranger in bareback riding. He leads the Central Plains Region by 220 points and placed first in the event during four rodeos, including winning the Pratt, Garden City, Southwestern Oklahoma and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Rodeos.
Three cowgirls will compete in goat tying, while one each will participate in breakaway roping and barrel racing.
Robbie Wilson will double up on two events, competing in breakaway roping and goat tying. Wilson is the regional leader in breakaway roping and is ranked third in goat tying. She finished first in goat tying at the Fort Scott (Kan.) rodeo.
Brooke Inlow and Toya Vogt will also enter in goat tying. Inlow won the event at the Oklahoma Panhandle State and Southwestern Oklahoma State rodeos, while Vogt took the title at Rogers State. Inlow finished second in the region ahead of Wilson and was 32nd at last year’s CNFR, while Vogt is in sixth place in the Central Plains Region.
Haley Nida, ranked fourth in the region, will be Northwestern’s only barrel racer. The Alva native won the barrel racing event at the Oklahoma Panhandle State rodeo.
“This is the rodeo team every coach dreams about and it is very humbling to be a part of it. I feel that we are taking the type of athletes who can come home with a National Title,” stated rodeo coach Tim Kolb.
“Our women’s team is going to the CNFR in 11th place nationally and our men’s team is in the top 25. Lovinggood is sitting in third place in the nation and I know he is eying the national bareback riding title. They all have the talent and dedication to win. Now we just have to go prove it.”
The CNFR is the “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rode Association crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from 100 universities and colleges compete each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.
For more information about the CNFR, log on to www.cnfr.com.
Central Plains Region Standings | 2009 CNFR Information
Mon, May 11, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt