CSI cowboy competed this season in honor of injured teammate

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT /KSVT) The College of Southern Idaho Rodeo team always enters nationals with high expectations. Unfortunately, the team didn't finish as high as they would have liked.

The men's team finished in 23rd place at the College National Finals Rodeo. The women's team took 32nd.

For Bronc Marriot who won the Rocky Mountain Regional title in bareback riding, he drew some of the toughest horses, according to head coach, Steve Birnie. His teammate though, picked him up, as Klancy Krenka finished 14th. While Shaun Mentaberry took 16th in saddle bronc.

And the highest finisher of them all, Jordee Nielsen who rode in honor of injured cowboy, Braxten Nielsen. Jordee made it all the way to the finals and placed seventh in bull riding.

"Braxten fueled Jordee's fire all year. It would have been great if Jordee could have ridden a few more bulls and won a national championship. He did win the third round with a 79.5 which is a super good ride," Birnie exclaimed. "That's rodeo."

As for Braxten's future with the program, he still needs to be medically released. The Vernal, Utah native wants to continue with bareback riding, win regionals and a national championship.

Birnie said, "If anybody can do it, Braxten can. He has the drive, the willpower and the tenacity to make something like that happen."

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