MARSHALL, Mo. –Days one and two of the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming was completed Sunday and Monday, June 11 and 12. Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s teams fared well in competition.
On the men’s side, Junior Briar Dittmer (Monroe, Iowa) is No. 2 in the saddle bronc riding competition through the first two goes. Dittmer scored a 68 in the first go, then finished second in the second go with a 71.5. He currently sits with an average of 139.5, and trails first place by less than six points. Senior Cody Crim (Wagner, S.C.) and Senior Dalton Kingery (Monroe, Iowa) did not place a score in the first two days.
Senior Matt Borton (Ostego, Mich.) sits sixth in the bareback riding event, with an average of 138.5. Boton scored a 73 in the first go, and followed with a 66.5. He trails first by less than 10 points. Kingery did not score in the first two goes.
Senior Fenton Nelson (Iowa City, Iowa) sits at third in the steer wrestling competition, finishing with a time of four seconds in the first go. Junior Ben Kilburg (LaMotte, Iowa) earned a time of 6.8 seconds in the first go to place at No. 22. Dittmer competed in the first go of bull riding, but did not finish with a score.
The women’s team is led by Junior Kirbie Crouse (Gallatin, Mo.), who sits in third in breakaway roping. The defending national champion finished with a 12.7 second first go, but came back to win the second go with a 2.2. She sits with an average of 14.9. Freshman Lindsey Kraus (Pacific, Mo.) earned a time of 3.7 in the first go, but did not score in the second go, and sits at No. 13. Junior Breanna Ellis (Clarion, Iowa) finished with no score in the first go, but had a time of 15 in the second go, and sits at No. 16.
Crouse also finished with a time of 6.6 in her first go in goat tying, and finished at No. 11. Freshman Fallon Dyer (Ottawa, Kan.) placed at No. 17 in the event with a time of 6.8 in her first go. Ellis finished with a first go of 16.5, and sits at No. 51.
After Monday’s competition, the Viking men’s team sits in a tie for No. 12, with a total score of 110. Panhandle State University (Okla.) has 210 points to lead all teams. The women’s tea is sixth in the standings with a score of 90. Sam Houston State University (Texas) leads all women’s team with a score of 120.
Competition at the 2017 CNFR continues Tuesday with the slack competition at 8 a.m., CST, followed by the first performance at 8 p.m., CST, at the Casper Events Center.