**For Immediate Release**
Koeppen and Muncy Get Third Round Off to a Great Start
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-13-2007
by Laura Hays
Casper, Wyo. - Third round College National Finals Rodeo action began Tuesday night in the Casper Events Center. Oklahoma Panhandle State University's Taos Muncy and Kelly Koeppen were up during that performance and started things off with a bang. Muncy scored a 77 on his ride and a 79 point ride beat him out of first place in the go, and he currently sits in the top spot in the combined scoring. Koeppen's time was a 6.5, and the first place turned in a 6.4, placing her 2nd in the round and 2nd in the average. While all scores are unofficial until the round is completed Friday night, these two should make the top 12 in these two events to compete in Saturday night's championship round.
OPSU's other team members will be up in the third round the rest of this week. In the bull riding, Logan Hodson scored a 73 in round one and bucked off during round two. At last night's third round performance, none of the cowboys covered his bull, so Hodson is still in a position to make the championship round. After two rounds in the bareback riding, Hodson has a combined score of 149 points, which places him 16th in the average. With a great third round draw, a good ride and some luck, we could see him return to the short round in that event.
In other saddle bronc riding news, Trell Etbauer has a combined score of 142 after two complete rounds and sits 19th in the average. He is also still in the hunt for a steer wrestling short round berth with a total time of 13.1 seconds on two head. Etbauer is up Wednesday night in both of those events. Seth Schafer no-scored twice, but can still add team points with a good ride in the third round. OPSU team roping heeler Matt Cramblet and his Garden City Community College header, Justin Keith, have two no-scores, but can still win round three.
Koeppen has another chance at the barrel racing and posted combined scores of 29.49 seconds after two rounds, and rides Wednesday night in the third round. Teammate Brandi Guttormson will challenge Koeppen in the goat tying later this week. Guttormson currently has a combined 16.4 second score on two head after stumbling on her second goat for a 9.5 score. She will also compete in the breakaway roping where she's 15th in the average after two runs. Chancy Harrington has struggled in the goat tying, but she too has another opportunity to win the third round.
The Casper Star Tribune hosts a live blog during all of the performances, and fans can log on to the link on www.cnfr.com to post a comment or to read about the action during the performances. Reporter Ron Gullberg comments on each event, gives unofficial scores, and posts remarks about what is happening in the arena. Check in at 8 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. Mountain time) to keep up with your favorite contestants.