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Athletes with S. Idaho ties advance to CNFR Finals

Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 3:31 PM MDT
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CASPER, Wyoming (KMVT/KSVT) — The College of Southern Idaho has one lone cowboy in contention for a national championship at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

Russell Kay made the cut for the short-go Saturday night after finishing ninth in saddle bronc. The top 12 contestants advance to the finals. The Chester, Idaho native finished the three performances with scores of 70, 72, and 57 for a total of 199. Everyone is chasing Dylan Schofield of Western Texas College, who finished the first three rounds with a score of 225.

Oakley native and Idaho State University cowgirl Zoie Bedke took the nation by storm in breakaway roping, finishing second after the first go.

Her average of 7.9 is only .3 from being out of first place headed into the short go. That honor goes to Grace Felton out of Lassen Community College.

If Bedke wins, she marks the first Idaho State national champion in breakaway roping since 2013. The Bengals also won the championship that year too.

Gooding graduate Cody Faulkner finished 12th out of three rounds in steer wrestling with an average of 35.5. The top finisher so far has been Gavin Soileau of McNeese State University. His average was 15.0.

Saturday’s championship round gets underway at 7 p.m.

Top Teams:

Men’s Team: 1, Clarendon College, 565 points. 2, Western Texas College, 450. 3, Casper College, 390. 4, Missouri Valley College 380.

Women’s Team: 1, Montana State University, 430 points. 2, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 310. 3, Dickinson State University, 163.33. 4, Oklahoma State University, 160.

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