Rodeo Teams Continue at College National Finals Rodeo

Posted June 14, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (June 12, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s rodeo teams continued competition at the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., finishing second go competition, and starting the third go round.


Finishing the second go on the men’s team in steer wrestling were Junior Ben Kilburg (LaMotte, Iowa) and Senior Fenton Nelsen (Iowa City, Iowa).   Kilburg finished with a time of 4.2 seconds to finish second in the round, while Nelsen earned a time of six seconds.  Nelson is third overall in the event with an average of 10, while Kilbug is seventh with an average of 11.  In bull riding, Junior Briar Dittmer (Monroe, Iowa) finished his second go with a no score.


Senior Cody Crim (Wagner, S.C.), Dittmer and Senior Dalton Kingery (Monroe, Iowa) all competed in the third go round in saddle bronc riding, but all three failed to score in the round.  Dittmer is third while Kingery and Crim are tied for sixth. 


On the women’s side, Junior Kirbie Crouse (Gallatin, Mo.) placed No. 15 in her second go in goat tying with a time of 6.7.  Overall, Crouse is No. 12 with an average of 13.3.  Junior Breanna Ellis (Clarion, Iowa) finished her second go in goat tying with a time of 7.4 seconds to finish at No. 39 in the round, and No. 47 overall in the event.  Freshman Fallon Dyer (Ottawa, Kan.) also completed her second go, with a time of 7.6 seconds to place No. 42 with an average of 23.9.  Overall, Dyer is No 29 in the event with an average of 14.4.


Going into the third go round, Crouse and Dyer competed in goat tying.  Dyer finished seventh in the round with a time of 7.2 seconds, while Crouse placed eighth in 7.8 seconds.  Crouse is third overall in the standings with an average of 20.7, Dyer is fifth with an average of 21.6.

In the third go of breakaway roping, Crouse placed fifth with a time of 3.1 seconds.  Crouse is second in the event standings with an average of 18.0.  Crouse also sits in second place in the women's all-around standings with 125 points, 15 points behind first place.

The men's team sits at No. 13 in the standings with 170 points, and the women's team is ninth with 145 points.


Competition at the 2017 CNFR continues with additional third go round competition at 8 p.m., CST, at the Casper Events Center.




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