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McNeese College Nationals Finals Rodeo Update

McNeese College Nationals Finals Rodeo Update

 

The McNeese State University Women’s Rodeo Team won the 2015 Reserve National Championship at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., last week. The McNeese women’s team finished in second place in the team standings behind Blue Mountain Community College. On hand for the presentation are from left to right: John Smith, interim National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association commissioner, Paige Plush, Merryville, Lauren Hansen, Sulphur, McKenzie Cooper, DeQuincy, Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville,
assistant coach Chelsea Carroll, coach Justin Browning and Steve Birnie, NIRA faculty president. Photo by Dan Hubble.



McNeese State University rodeo member Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville, captured the 2015 All-around Cowgirl Championship at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., last week. Smith, who competed in both the goat tying and breakaway roping categories, also won the National Reserve Championship in goat tying.  Photo by Dan Hubble


(June 20, 2015) McNeese State University captured the National Women’s All-Around Championship and National Reserve Championships in goat tying, tie down roping and team roping at Saturday night’s championship finals at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville, has won the women’s all-around championship. She competed in both the goat tying and breakaway roping categories.

Tonight Smith finished in second place in the short go with a 6.5 and an average of 26.3 overall to take second place in goat tying.
Bobby Abernathy, Athens, Ala., took the No. 1 spot in the short go with a 7.9 and finished second in the average with a 41.5 in tie down roping.

Trace Porter, Leesville, took third place with 6.9 in the short go and finished second overall with a 25.6 average in team roping.
 
The McNeese women’s team also finished in second place in the team standings behind Blue Mountain Community College.
“I am very proud of our team. Our students worked very hard and I am pleased at what we have accomplished this year and tonight,” said McNeese Rodeo Coach Justin Browning.

“These students work hard every day in practice and in the classroom,” he added. “Four of our six qualifiers this year graduated in May. I am so proud of them.”




(June 19, 2015) Three members of the McNeese State University rodeo team have qualified for Saturday’s (June 20) finals at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. The top 12 competitors in each of the events qualify for Saturday’s championship finals.

After three rounds in goat tying, Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville, is in third place for the average and earned a spot in the short go of the finals. She is also third in the women’s all-around standings.

Trace Porter, Leesville, took second place in the average after three go rounds in team roping and has qualified for the finals.
Bobby Abernathy, Athens, Ala., has qualified in tie down roping with a fifth place tie in the average.

 The McNeese women’s team is also in second place in the team standings with 285 points going into the finals – only five points behind Eastern New Mexico University at 290.




(June 16, 2015) After Tuesday’s competition at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo underway in Casper, Wyo., several McNeese rodeo team members are currently among the leaders in the competition.

Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville, finished tied for third place in goat tying in the second go Tuesday with a 6.4 score and is first overall in the event with an average of 12.8 going into her third go round. She finished in fourth place in the first go with a 6.4.

Trace Porter, Leesville, finished in second place in team roping in the second go Tuesday and is second overall in this event going into his third go round on Thursday. He finished in sixth place in his first go.

After two go rounds in tie down roping, Bobby Abernathy, Athens, Ala., has moved to fifth place overall in the event going into his third go round on Thursday, June 18. He finished tied for 11th place on Monday and placed ninth on Tuesday.
             
Finals are set for Saturday, June 20, and the top 12 qualifiers in each of the nine events qualify for Saturday’s championship finals. 




(June 15, 2015) After the first two days of competition, the McNeese State University women’s rodeo team currently sits in the No. 1 position at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., that runs through Saturday, June 20.
 
Several rodeo members are currently among the leaders in the various categories of competition.
 
In the goat tying competition, Lauren Hansen, Sulphur, finished in third place while Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville, finished tied for fourth place after both finished the first go on Monday.
 
After two rounds, McKenzie Cooper, DeQuincy, is tied for 10th place in breakaway roping. She finished tied for first place in the first go on Sunday night.
 
For the men’s team, Trace Porter, Leesville, is tied for sixth place in team roping, while Bobby Abernathy, Athens, Ala., is tied for 11th place in tie down roping after both competed in the first go on Monday.