**For Immediate Release**
Broncs and Bulls Kick Off CNFR
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-10-2007
by Laura Hays
Casper, Wyo. - The College National Finals Rodeo kicked up a cloud of dust in the Casper Events Center as the two “Bulls and Broncs” performances gave fans a preview of the excitement to come. Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s contestants came out with a single-minded purpose - to bring home a national championship. While that conclusion can not be known until after the championship round Saturday night, each team member has a proven aptitude for winning.
The first round of the bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback riding and breakaway roping was completed Sunday and Coach Craig Latham said, “We came out strong and we’re very happy with our start. The horses bucked and helped us out with the scores.”
OPSU has three athletic, proven competitors in the saddle bronc competition. Taos Muncy displayed his ability in the first round with a 77 point ride. Teammate Trell Etbauer scored a 74 in that event and Seth Schafer’s luck didn’t hold as he could not keep his seat for 8 seconds.
Logan Hodson finished the first round in two events and scored a 73 on his bareback horse and a matching score on his bull.
In the breakaway roping, Brandi Guttormson caught her calf in a quick 2.8 second run.
Slack gets underway Monday in all events, and first round results in barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and goat tying will be available early on Tuesday.
With a strong start to this annual competition to determine the top collegiate rodeo hands in the world, OPSU’s talented athletes have shown that extra ingredient all truly great athletes possess - the will to win.