McNeese State University rodeo team members have earned spots in the 69th College
National Finals Rodeo scheduled June 11-17 in Casper, Wyo. Qualifiers are: Kelsey Brashear, Lake Charles, and Mia
Manzanares, Opelousas, breakaway roping; Cole Frey, Morganza, team roping header;
and Gabe Soileau, Bunkie, steer wrestling.
Brashear is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation
in breakaway roping while Manzanares is ranked No. 13. In the Southern region, Brashear and Manzanares finished No.
1 and No. 2 respectively in breakaway roping.
is ranked sixth in the nation in team roping header and 19th in the
nation for menís all around honors. In the region, he was No. 2 in team roping
header and in menís all around honors.
in the region, Soileau finished second in steer wrestling.
Contestants compete all year in one of
the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Associationís
regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR. The top three students
in each event in each of the regions are eligible for the national competition.
and Manzanares are making their second straight appearances while Brashear and Soileau are making their first
appearances at the CNFR.
intercollegiate rodeo began in 1947 and this is the 26th 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
have a seasoned group with these four students,Ē said rodeo coach Justin Browning.
"They have worked hard to reach the finals and I think we will do well this
year at nationals.Ē
team members with coaches representing McNeese State University at the 69th
College National Finals Rodeo June 11-17 in Casper, Wyo., are from left: rodeo coach
Justin Browning, Gabe Soileau, Kelsey Brashear, Mia
Manzanares, Cole Frey and assistant coaches McKenzie Cooper and Morgan Wallace