Four cowboys from the 2010-11 Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team will represent the Rangers at the 63rd Annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. at the Casper Events Center on June 12-18.
With 10 rodeos under their belt, Kody Woodward, Kyle Irwin, Tanner Braden and Trenton Johnson have earned the honor to represent Northwestern at the CNFR.
Woodward, who will be making his fourth consecutive CNFR appearance, will compete in steer wrestling. At the completion of all 10 rodeos, Woodward led the Central Plains Region in steer wrestling with 880 points, 247 in front of his nearest competitor. He is ranked fourth in the nation, 145 points behind the national leader.
A senior from Dupree, S.D., Woodward won the steer wrestling events at the Kansas State University and Garden City Community College rodeos. Last year at the CNFR, Woodward finished in fourth place. During the 2009 CNFR, he took 17th place. He placed second in 2008 as a freshman and has won the Central Plains Region twice and was runner up once in his four years of eligibility.
Kyle Irwin and Trenton Johnson will be joining Woodward in steer wrestling. Irwin, a junior from Robertsdale, Ala., finished third in the Central Plains Region standings with 535 points. This will be his third CNFR qualification. He was the Central Plains Region Champion in 2010.
Johnson, from Mound City, Kan., is fourth in the region in steer wrestling, just 15 points behind Irwin with 520 points. The senior won three all-around titles in as many weeks, winning the title at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Fort Scott Community College and at the Garden City Community College rodeos. He was second in the Central Plains Region in the men’s all around, 148 points back of first. Johnson will also be competing in tie down roping, where he finished 10th in the region with 215 points. This will be Johnson’s second CNFR qualification in the same two events.
Tanner Braden qualified for the CNFR in the team roping as a heeler. The junior from Dewey finished third in the region with 420 points. This will be his second appearance in the CNFR.
“All four qualifiers are veterans of the sport both at the collegiate and professional levels,” stated Rodeo Coach Shannon Frascht. “With the experience and consistency of this group, we could very well walk away with a national championship.”
The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns 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. National team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA's 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.
The top three students in each event, and top two men's and women's teams from the NIRA's 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR.
For more information about the CNFR, log on to www.cnfr.com. A schedule of events can be found here along with daily results. Position draws for the four Rangers competing are located here.
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by Ryan Hintergardt