Three students perform well at CNFR

Recently, three members of the LCCC Rodeo Team competed at the College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper, Wyoming. Kalane Anders, Syerra “CY” Christensen and Kelsey Knust all qualified by being in the top three in the Central Rocky Mountain Region in their respective events.

Anders was the regional champion in the steer wrestling; Christensen was the champion in the breakaway roping; and Kelsey Knust qualified for the CNFR by being third in the region in the breakaway roping.

Anders ended up 15th in the nation with an outstanding run of 4.5 seconds in the first round, placing him second. His second-round time of 9.0 seconds had him sitting tied for third and fourth in the average going into the third round. Unfortunately, Anders took a no time in the third round, which knocked him out of contention for a national title. Anders had an outstanding freshman year and will be a big returner for the Golden Eagles next year.

Christensen missed her first calf but recorded times in rounds two and three of 12.0 and 3.5 seconds, respectively. Her barrier penalty in round two added 10 seconds to what would otherwise have been a 2.0-second run. Her time of 3.5 seconds in the third round, added to her second round run, placed her 27th in the nation with 15.5 seconds on two runs. Christensen will be back to defend her regional title next year.

Knust unfortunately was unable to connect on any of her runs but represented LCCC well at the CNFR. Knust will transfer to Chadron State College to continue her education.

Coaches David Browder and Kirby Eppert would like to thank everyone for their support and are busy recruiting great student athletes for the LCCC rodeo teams’ 2015-2016 campaign.