CASPER, Wyo. – The Ranger men’s and women’s rodeo team had an outstanding showing at the 61st College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, while the men’s team took 7th place out of 57 qualifying teams and the women finished in 13th out of 29 qualifying teams.
Out of the six Rangers competing, Joe Macoubrie, along with Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Daniel Reed, finished the highest of any Northwestern member, as they staked down seventh place. The duo had an average score of 29.1 seconds with a low round of 5.4 during their third go.
With three Rangers in the steer wrestling event, Colt Stearns headed Northwestern as he came in a tie for eighth place, recording a total score of 15.8. Kody Woodward finished in 17th, while Trenton Johnson placed 35th.
Johnson also ranked high in tie down roping, holding down the ninth spot with a 39.1 average. Luke Blanton, who was also competing in tie down roping, finished in a tie for 20th through three rounds of competition.
In bareback riding, Chancy Lovinggood took home 19th place after his three rounds and scored a 158.5.
On the women’s side, Toya Vogt was the high performer for Northwestern. She ended up in eighth place after her four rounds. Booke Inlow and Robbie Wilson placed after three rounds, taking 29th and 38th, respectively.
The Ranger women had two more place, with Haley Nida recording a 36th place finish in barrel racing and Robbie Wilson rounded out the women’s performers with a tie for 47th in breakaway roping.
“We are disappointed we couldn’t hold our place up in the standings, but know we came away with great ending result”, remarked head coach Tim Kolb. “We have some young guns coming up next year to add to what we already have. I look for us to be highly competitive next year and make another excellent run at the CNFR.”
Northwestern’s men’s team tallied 452.5 points in the team overall, while Western Texas College won the team event with 820 points.
Out of the women’s teams, Northwestern gathered 140 points and was just 30 points shy of 11th place. The University of Wyoming took the women’s crown with 690 points.
Nationwide, 207 schools compete in college rodeo.
The complete breakdown of event scores and team totals can be found at www.cnfr.com.
Wed, June 24, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt