McNeese State University rodeo members have earned spots in the 71st
College National Finals Rodeo scheduled June 10-15 in Casper, Wyoming.
Qualifiers and their events are: Waylon Bourgeois,Church Point,
bareback riding,Sandro Ferretti,Noves, France,bareback riding,Grace
Ann Hanley,Welsh, barrel racing, Will Heinen, Hathaway, steer
wrestling,Lathan Lyons,Eunice, saddle bronc riding, Mia
Manzanares, Opelousas, goat tying and breakaway roping, Kati
Murphy,Bell City, goat tying,Ryder Sanford, Carlyss, saddle bronc
riding, Gabe Soileau, Bunkie, steer wrestling, and Ashleigh
Young, Mansfield, Texas, goat tying.
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
southern region where the womenís team is ranked No. 1 and the menís team is
into the national finals, the McNeese womenís rodeo team is ranked No. 10 while
the McNeese menís rodeo team is ranked No. 14.
returns for her fourth straight year and is the reigning champion in her two
events as well as last yearís All-Around Cowgirl. She also led the womenís team
to its first national championship.
returns for his third appearance at nationals while Sanford is making his
Manzanares is ranked No. 5 in goat tying, No. 6 in womenís all-round standings
and No. 21 in breakaway roping. Soileau is ranked No. 12 in steer wrestling,
Bourgeois is ranked No. 22 and Ferretti is ranked No. 25 in bareback riding and
Sanford is ranked No. 23 in saddle bronc riding.
intercollegiate rodeo began in 1947 and this is the 28th 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
left: rodeo coach Justin Browning, Lathan Lyons, Waylon Bourgeois, Grace Ann Hanley, Gabe Soileau, Kati Murphy, Ryder Sanford, Ashleigh
Young,Will Heinen, Mia
Manzanares and Sandro Ferretti.