**For Immediate Release**
3 Men and 2 Women Headed to Final Round in 5 Events
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-16-2007
by Laura Hays
Casper, Wyo. - Five Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo team members are headed to the championship round of the College National Finals Rodeo Saturday night in five different events.
In the saddle bronc, Taos Muncy remains in first place in the average with 232 total points after three rounds, only one point ahead of second place. Muncy also placed 5th in the third round, adding more points to the final team score. Seth Schafer finally broke out with a big ride Friday after two no scores in the first two rounds. While he will not compete in the championship round, he scored a 76 point ride, putting him in a four-way tie for 6th place in the round and adding important team points. Trell Etbauer also secured a spot in the short round, and currently sits in 8th place with 215 points after 3 rounds.
Etbauer also earned a spot Saturday night in the steer wrestling, where he sits 6th in the average with 19 seconds flat on three head.
Logan Hodson competed in the 3rd round of the bareback riding Friday night, scoring a 69 point ride that eased him into 12th place in the combined scoring and earned him a spot in the short round.
The ride of the night came from Hodson in the bull riding. He needed to cover his bull to have a chance to make the final round. He came out of the chute wearing a CSTV (College Sports Television) helmet mounted with a camera. Hodson was about 1.5 seconds away from making a qualified ride when he listed over on the right side of the bull. In the very next move, Hodson was on the ground, the bull spun a 180 and seemingly tripped over the cowboy. "Mr. Martinez" fell over Hodson, but did not land on him. Logan walked out of the arena uninjured. OPSU Coach Craig Latham said, "You can't hurt that guy. I didn't see the whole thing, but because the bull fell, I think he should have gotten an option for a re-ride." Instead, the judges ruled that Hodson had touched the bull with his free hand and the tough competitor won't make an appearance Saturday night in that event, but he probably reaped CSTV some great footage from that ride.
On the women's side, Brandi Guttormson blasted out of the timed event chute in the breakaway roping and scored a 2.6 second run, putting her in a three-way tie for first place in the third round. We'll see her perform again tomorrow night as her 8.4 seconds on three head has her in second place in the combined scoring.
Rounding out OPSU team members competing in the short round is Kelly Koeppen, who has 22.0 seconds after three rounds in the goat tying. She sits ninth in the average and tied for 3rd in the third round.
As the week draws to a close, the 7,000 seat Casper Events Center fills with rodeo fans, many with ties to OPSU. Among those in the audience Friday night were Gloria Gardner and Carol Altom, both of Goodwell; Angela Romoser, a 2006 graduate who now lives in Capser; Clete Scheer, another graduate and former rodeo team member who currently serves as assistant rodeo coach at Garden City Community College; and numerous families and friends of the competitors. Spotted earlier this week was Dr. David Cole, OPSU political science instructor. And, even though they compete against each other throughout the year, cowboys and cowgirls in the Central Plains Region all cheer each other on even as they challenge one another for national titles.
For those interested in as close to a play-by-play as can be found during CNFR, check out the blog hosted by the Casper Star-Tribune during the Saturday night championship round. Enthusiasts can be a part of the rodeo by posting comments and supporting their OPSU cowboys and cowgirls from afar. The site may be found on the CNFR website at http://www.cnfr.com/.