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UMW rodeo competes at national finals

UMW News Bureau

The Montana Western rodeo team will send eight cowboys and four cowgirls to the Super Bowl of college rodeo, the College National Finals Rodeo, June 13-19 in Casper, Wyo. By Wally Feldt
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160" caption="Wyatt Smith"]Wyatt Smith[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160" caption="Brett Heggie"]Brett Heggie[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="174" caption="Megan Crist"]Megan Crist[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="174" caption="Kelsie McInerney"]Kelsie McInerney[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="171" caption="Hannah Sharon"]Hannah Sharon[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160" caption="Bailee Thompson"]Bailee Thompson[/caption]
The University of Montana Western men’s and women’s rodeo teams ride into Casper, Wyo. for the 62nd College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) June 13-19, 2010. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 colleges and universities will compete in college rodeo’s premier event to be held at the Casper Events Center. The top three student-athletes in each event and the top two men's and women's teams from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR. The CNFR begins on Sunday, June 13 with bulls, broncs and breakaway at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. There are slack performances Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15 beginning at 7 a.m. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All qualifiers compete in three rounds with the top 12 in each event advancing to the Saturday night championship finals. Led by two regional champions, the Montana Western Bulldogs men’s team successfully defended their regional title sending eight cowboys to the CNFR. Here are the 2010 CNFR Montana Western competitors: Wyatt Smith, a senior from Rexburg, Idaho, was the regional champ in saddle bronc, all-around and runner-up in steer wrestling. Smith, the defending national saddle bronc champion, will compete in saddle bronc and steer wrestling. Brett Heggie, a senior from Roundup, Mont., finished second in the region in tie down roping and will make his third trip to the CNFR. Heggie will also compete in team roping, header after finishing second in the region. Chad Goings, a senior from Fallon, Nev., will compete in team roping, heeler after finishing second in the region. Goings will be making his first appearance at the CNFR. Brent McInerney, a senior from Alzada, Mont., will make his first appearance at the CNFR competing in team roping after finishing third in the region.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="187" caption="Taylor Nahrgang"]Taylor Nahrgang[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="165" caption="Chad Goings"]Chad Goings[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Brent McInerney"]Brent McInerney[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Sid Sporer"]Sid Sporer[/caption]
Ace Mills, a senior from Augusta, Mont., will make his second trip to the CNFR after finishing third in the region in saddle bronc riding. Reef Mills, a junior from Augusta, Mont., will make his first trip to Casper after finishing third in the Big Sky Region in steer wrestling. Taylor Nahrgang, a 2010 graduate from Buckeye, Ariz., will make his fourth trip to the CNFR to compete in steer wrestling. The CNFR marks the end of a successful collegiate rodeo career for Nahrgang who will finish his term as the NIRA’s student president. Sid Sporer, a junior from Cody, Wyo., will compete at the CNFR for the first time. Sporer finished third in the region in team roping, heeler. The Bulldog women’s team finished second in the region with one regional champion and qualified four cowgirls to the College National Finals. Megan Crist, a freshman from Twin Falls, Idaho, will make her first trip to the CNFR as the Big Region’s champion in breakaway roping. Kelsie McInerney, a freshman from Alzada, Mont., will make her first trip to the CNFR. She qualified after a seventh place regional finish in breakaway roping. Hannah Sharon, a freshman from Dillon, Mont., qualified for the CNFR after finishing third in barrel racing. Bailee Thompson, a senior from Buffalo, S.D., will make her second trip to the CNFR. She qualified in goat tying after finishing third in the region. Thompson also finished second in all-around and will also compete in barrel racing.