Rodeo Teams Compete at College National Finals

Posted June 12, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (June 12, 2017)-  The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s rodeo teams are in Casper, Wyo., set to compete at the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.  Ten Viking student-athletes will take part in 14 events, competing for individual and team National championships.


The Viking men’s rodeo team goes into the 2017 CNFR as the Ozark Region champions.  Senior Dalton Kingery (Monroe, Iowa) competes in both bareback riding and saddle bronc riding.  He won the region’s saddle bronc riding title and finished third in bareback riding.  Also competing in two events is Junior Briar Dittmer (Monroe, Iowa), taking part in saddle bronc riding and bull riding.  Dittmer placed second in the region in saddle bronc riding and third in bull riding.  Senior Matt Borton (Ostego, Mich.) will compete in bareback riding, after claiming an Ozark Region championship during the regular season.  Junior Ben Kilburg (LaMotte, Iowa) was the region’s steer wrestling champions, and will compete at the event at the CNFR.  Joining Kilburg in steer wrestling is Senior Fenton Nelson (Iowa City, Iowa), while Senior Cody Crim (Wagner, S.C.) will compete in saddle bronc riding.  The men’s team enters the CNFR leading all teams in college rodeo with 7,200 regular season points.


The Missouri Valley women's rodeo team looks to improve off its reserve National championship finish at the 2016 CNFR, and will feature four competitors.  Junior Kirbie Crouse (Gallatin, Mo.) will defend her 2016 National championship in breakaway roping, and will also compete in goat tying.  Junior Breanna Ellis (Clarion, Iowa) will compete in breakaway roping and goat tying, after finishing as the women’s all-around champion in the Ozark Region.  Freshman Fallon Dyer (Ottawa, Kan.) also competes in goat tying and Freshman Lindsey Kraus (Pacific, Mo.) takes part in breakaway roping.  The women’s team captured the Ozark Region title, and finished No. 16 in the regular season National standings.


The 2017 CNFR runs through the week at the Casper Events Center.  The championship round takes place Saturday at 8 p.m., CST.




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