**For Immediate Release**
Excitement Escalates at CNFR
Championship round competitors to be announced Friday night
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-15-2007
by Laura Hays
Casper, Wyo. - Brandi Guttormson, two time College National Finals Rodeo and Chancy Harrington, first time qualifier, both competed in the third round of the goat tying Thursday night. They two were the only Oklahoma Panhandle State University representatives for the evening.
Harrington used the horse she raised and trained herself. She scored a 7.4 second round, but failed to put three good scores together to make the championship round. Following her performance, she said, "My horse performed really well, but I had to double flank and that cost me some time." Even though she did not make the short round, she plans to stay in Casper to cheer on the rest of her teammates.
Guttormson posted an 8.4 second score in the goat tying after struggling to get her goat tied. She won't make the final round in that event, but has an excellent chance of making it in the breakaway. She has her third round run in that event Friday and currently has 5.8 seconds on two head. A 2.5 second performance or better on Friday could see her winning the average in that event.
Kelly Koeppen probably has a short round spot secured in the goat tying. With 22.0 seconds on three tries, she currently sits 7th in the average.
For the men, Taos Muncy still holds the top spot in the average in saddle bronc with 232 points after completing three rounds. Trell Etbauer holds 7th with 215 points on three qualified rides. Seth Schafer is still looking for some money with two no scores in that event, but he is up Friday night for another chance for a top spot in the third round.
Etbauer so far claims the number 6 spot in the third round of the steer wrestling and 4th in the average, which makes it likely he will return in the top 12 for the short go. He competes in the third round of the tie down roping Friday evening, but with a no time in the first round, he will not make the championship round in that event.
Logan Hodson hopes to see short round action in both the bareback riding and bull riding. He competes Friday evening in the third round of both of those events. Even though he bucked off in the second round of the bulls, there have only been four cowboys through three rounds that covered all three. In the bareback competition, he has 149 points through two rides, and could easily make the short round if he manages to ride his horse during go three.
Matt Cramblet and Justin Keith of Garden City Community College will attempt to post their first score in the team roping Friday night. The two competitive cowboys will not make the final round, but have the ability to place high in the third round.
After Friday night's performance, the short round qualifiers will be announced, and while the competition remains tough, OPSU should have several team members in contention for national titles.