Five Rangers Qualify for College National Finals Rodeo

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Five Rangers Qualify for College National Finals Rodeo

Five members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team are deep in their final preparations for the 60th College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). Competition in the annual event starts Sunday, June 15, at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

            Cowboys and cowgirls qualify for the national finals by finishing in the top three in the individual events in regional competition. Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region, comprised of two and four year schools in Oklahoma and Kansas and a few from Missouri.

Jade Inlow, Oakley, Kan., sophomore, will represent the women’s team in breakaway roping. She placed third in the event in the region. While Inlow is the only Ranger woman competing, any points she earns will count toward women’s team honors.

            Coleman Proctor, Miami senior, won the regional team roping heeling title for the second straight year. He will rope in the CNFR with Kyle Linaweaver from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

            Luke Blanton, Lamont senior, finished third in the tie-down roping event.

            Northwestern will send two to the steer wrestling event. Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., sophomore, placed second in regional competition, and Wade Kunze, Moorhead, Iowa, senior, placed third.

 “I’m very proud of the five student athletes,” said coach Tim Kolb, “and I know they will represent Northwestern very well. Two of the five are just completing their freshman year and that speaks volumes about the future of our rodeo team.”

            The random draw for position took place June 4. All CNFR contestants will check-in Saturday, June 14, and attend an orientation meeting.

            Competition gets underway on Sunday, with special “Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway” performances at 1 and 4 p.m. “Slack” competition in all events will be held beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The slack is for contestants who cannot be accommodated in the evening “performance” section of each go-round. There are 45-50 contestants in each event and 10-12 of those appear in evening performances. The others register their scores or times in the slack.

            Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 17-20. The top performers from the first three go-rounds will compete for national titles in each event in the championship round at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 21.

            Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available on the CNFR’s web site:

            Appearances by Northwestern team members are scheduled as follows:

            Sunday, June 15—Inlow: performance.

            Monday, June 16—Inlow, Blanton, Woodward, Kunze, Proctor: slack.

            Tuesday, June 17—Blanton, Woodward, Kunze, Proctor: slack.

            Wednesday, June 18—Inlow: performance.

            Thursday, June 19—Blanton, Woodward: performance.

            Friday, June 20—Kunze, Proctor: performance.