McNeese State University rodeo members have earned spots in the 70th
College National Finals Rodeo scheduled June 8-16 in Casper, Wyoming.
Qualifiers are: Mia Manzanares, Opelousas, goat tying and breakaway roping;
Gabe Soileau, Bunkie, steer wrestling; Remey Parrot, Mamou, steer wrestling;
Zach Jongbloed, Iowa, steer wrestling and tie down roping; Cole Frey, Morganza,
tie down roping and team roping header; Ryder Sanford, Sulphur, saddle bronc
riding; and Colton Onyett, Sutter, California, bareback riding.
compete all year in one of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Associationís 11
regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR. McNeese competes in the
the McNeese menís rodeo team is ranked No. 10 nationally while the McNeese
womenís rodeo team is ranked No. 19.
could be the strongest menís team Iíve taken to nationals,Ē said Coach
Browning. "And Mia is also a strong contender this year. I am so proud of these
year, Frey won the CNFR menís all-around championship. He and Manzanares are
making their third appearances while Soileau is making his second appearance at
Manzanares is ranked No. 1 in breakaway roping, No. 3 in womenís all-round
standings and No. 7 in goat tying. In the southern region, she is No. 1 in all
three of these categories.
and Jongbloed are both ranked in the Top 25 in the menís all-around national
in steer wrestling, Soileau is ranked No. 10 and Jongbloed is No. 11, while in
the southern region, Soileau is No. 1, Jongbloed is No. 2 and Parrot is No. 4.
tie down roping, Frey is currently ranked No. 18 nationally while in the
southern region he is No. 2 and Jongbloed is No. 3.
saddle bronc riding, Sanford ranks in the Top 25 nationally and No. 3 in the
bareback riding, Onyett is No. 4 in the southern region.
intercollegiate rodeo began in 1947 and this is the 27th consecutive
year that McNeese has sent students to the national championship finals.
NIRA crowns both individual event and team champions. Over 400 students from
more than 100 universities and colleges will compete at this yearís