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CASPER, Wyo. – The Ranger men’s and women’s rodeo team had a good showing at the 62nd Annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, while the men’s team took 21st place out of 52 qualifying teams and the women finished in 15th out of 36 teams. 

Out of the five Rangers competing, Cody Woodward finished the highest of any Northwestern team member, staking down fourth place in steer wrestling. Woodward finished with a 19.9, while recording rounds of 5.0, 5.4, 5.2, and a best of 4.3. The junior from Dupree, S.D. was 1.8 seconds from first place.

In his second consecutive CNFR, Chancy Lovingood improved two places from the 2009 CNFR, taking 17th in bareback riding. Lovingood posted a 202.5 with rounds of 74.5, 65.5, and 62.5.

Clay Cudmore of Cherokee, finished in 13th place in bull riding with a score of 81 as he hung on for eight seconds in round two.

Northwestern’s team ropers, Tanner Braden and Dawson McMaster, placed 15th and 22nd, respectively. Braden, who was paired with Ryan VonAhn of Southeastern Oklahoma State, recorded rounds of 6.5 and 12.0, as McMaster and his partner Clay Pianalto of Bacone College posted a 22.8 and 5.7.

On the women’s side, Toya Vogt was the high performer for Northwestern’s women. She ended up in ninth place after four rounds in goat tying. Vogt posted scores of 7.1, 6.4, 8.2 and 6.5 for a total of 28.2.

Brooke Boulware also competed in goat tying, taking home 34th place with a 25.9. Boulware had times in three of the four rounds and posted times of 11.5, 7.1 and 7.3.

Janiese Blanton was 30th in breakaway roping, recording a 2.1 in one of the three rounds.

Alva product Haley Nida rounded out the women’s side, taking home 12th place in barrel racing. She finished all four rounds with a 63.36 with individual round scores of 14.75, 14.58, 14.51 and 19.52.

“We had a very good year with great representation at the CNFR, however we did not achieve our ultimate goal - to win a national title”, stated head coach Tim Kolb. “With the recruits we have coming this fall, I look for us to be as strong, if not stronger than we were this past year.”

Northwestern’s men’s team tallied 260 points in the team overall, while Vernon College won the team event with 682.5 points.

Out of the women’s teams, Northwestern gathered 130 points. Gillette College took the women’s crown with 558.3 points.

The complete breakdown of event scores and team totals can be found at www.cnfr.com.