Posted: Apr 16, 2013 12:09 PM
MARSHALL, MO -- The Missouri Valley College rodeo teams recently wrapped up their regular seasons and now turn their attention to the College Nationals Final Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming on June 9-15. A total of nine MVC rodeo team members will compete at this year's National event, with the men's rodeo team competing for a possible National team.
Competing at the CNFR on the men's side will be Sophomore Tim O'Connell in the bareback riding competition, Freshman Dalton Kingery in saddle bronc riding, Sophomore Travis Smith in bull riding, Senior Cody Metsker and Sophomore Caleb Buchanan in steer wrestling and Junior Ben Runyon in team roping. In the Ozark Region O'Connell is rated as the No. 2 bareback rider, Kingery is the No. 3 saddle bronc rider, Smith is the No. 1 bull rider, Metsker is the No. 5 steer wrestler, Buchanan is the No. 7 steer wrestler and Runyon is the No. 4 team roping heeler.
Heading to the CNFR on the women's side is Sophomore Kacey Struxness, Senior Kelsie Davis and Junior Chelsey Merrigan. Struxness and Davis qualified for the competition by being the top two finishers in women's all-around in the Ozark Region. Struxness will compete in breakaway roping and goat tying and Davis will compete in breakaway roping and barrel racing. Merrigan will compete in breakaway roping where she finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the Ozark Region.