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McNeese Rodeo Team Qualifies for College National Finals

May 28, 2021 | McNeese Public Relations
McNeese cowgirl dismounts horse during practice

Four Cowgirls and two Cowboys from the McNeese State University rodeo team have qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo and will head to Casper, Wyoming, to compete June 13-19.

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) crowns both individual event and team champions. Over 400 students from more than 100 universities and colleges representing 11 regions will compete at this year’s competition.

“I would have made it to the college finals last year, but because of COVID, the rodeo was canceled, so this will be my first time going,” says Kamryn Duncan, Denham Springs, who will be competing in goat tying and in breakaway roping. “I am very excited. We’ve been practicing very hard every day and I’m really ready for Casper.”

For the women’s team, Chloe Frey, Opelousas, will compete alongside Duncan in breakaway roping. Ashleigh Young, Mansfield, Texas, and Kaylee Cormier, Iowa, will compete in goat tying. 

“This is my third time qualifying for the finals,” says Young. “Last year, I won the region for the first time. Because this year is my last year, I’m really looking forward to competing in Casper and going out with a bang.”

For the men’s team, Gavin Soileau, Bunkie, will compete in steer wrestling and Waylon Bourgeois, Church Point, will compete in bareback riding.

McNeese’s women’s rodeo team finished up the regular NIRA season as champions of the Southern Region, while the men’s team finished in fifth place.

Duncan is the Southern Region champion all around cowgirl, reserve champion in goat tying and third in breakaway roping. Young is the goat tying champion for a second year in a row while Cormier finished in 5th place in that event. Frey also finished 9th in breakaway roping.

For the men’s team, Bourgeois finished as the reserve bareback riding champion. Gavin Soileau is the steer wrestling champion, while Remey Parrott, Mamou, finished 6th and Grant Soileau, Bunkie, finished 8th in the same event. Isaac Richard, Eunice, finished 5th in the saddle bronc riding.