Posted June 21, 2010
Idaho State University Rodeo Team members Montana Barlow, Cy Eames, Kim Sanford and Kyle VanBiezen competed at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) held in June in Casper, Wyo.
Eames, a freshman from Gooding, placed third in the nation for tie-down roping, with an average of 45.7 seconds on four runs. His best time was 9.7 seconds. He received the $1,000 Bill Robinson Award for his placing. In the final rookie standings, Eames placed sixth in the nation. In addition to tie-down roping, Eames competed in the team roping event but did not place.
VanBiezen, a Twin Falls native, also competed in tie-down roping and placed fourth in the nation. He had a total of 50.6 seconds on four runs with a best time of 9.8 seconds during the short-go. This was VanBiezen’s second trip to the College National Finals Rodeo. He previously competed for the Montana Western Team.
Barlow, a freshman from Eden, competed against 36 young men for the bull riding national title. He placed 23rd overall with a total score of 69 points on three rides.
Sanford, of Rigby, made her first appearance at the CNFR, competing in barrel racing. She placed 13th in the nation with a total of 44.16 seconds on three runs while competing against 45 other women in the event.
Final results from the CNFR show the ISU Men’s Team ranked 13th overall in the nation with a total of 320 points. There were a total of 52 men’s teams competing at the 2010 CNFR.
The ISU Rodeo Team members were accompanied by advisor and head coach, Angela Askey.
The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competed in Casper this year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA's 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.