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SE Sends Four to CNFR Finals


CASPER, Wyo. – Heading into the final day of qualification at the College National Finals Rodeo, Southeastern's women are sitting in fifth place while the men are in 20th with four competitors set to compete for national titles in the finals on Saturday night.

The finals are slated for 7 p.m. and can be followed on ESPN 3/Watch ESPN.

In the Steer Wrestling event, senior Denver Berry leads the event heading to the finals. He was able to stop the clock in the first round of steer wrestling competition with a 6.2. He followed that with an improved 2nd round time of 4.8 which split 8th place in 2nd go round.

Berry came back and posted a very good run of 4.5 currently placing 4th in the 3rd round of competition. He is leading the aggregate in the steer wrestling with a 15.9 on three steers with only ten steer wrestlers left to compete in the third round.

In the Bull Riding, White was 76.5 on his first ride splitting 4th/5th in the first round. He came up a little short in the second round and was bucked.

White came back and rode his bull, Little Bo, to a 75-point bull ride in the third round which is good for the top spot in the round so far and he sits third in the average with one night of competition left before the short go round.

In the Breakaway Roping , freshman Cheyenne Epps started the week off strong posting a 2.3 in the breakaway roping competition, winning the first round of competition, which earned her a College National Finals Rodeo ring and points toward the women's team total as well as rookie women points.

She came back and had some tough luck in the second round missing her calf. In order to have a chance for the short go round Cheyenne knew she needed to post a strong third go round time. Epps answered with a 2.7 in the third go which is good for 5th in the round with 10 contestants left to compete in the third round of competition.

She is also currently leading the Women's Rookie Competition, which includes all freshman women competing at the CNFR, as well as 5th place in aggregate competition.

In the Goat Tying event, freshman Kylee Bennett started the first round off with some unfortunate luck by slipping while she was in route to flank her goat and ended up with a 7.6. She bounced back and posted the current fastest time off the competition with a 6.0 winning the 2nd round and earning her a CNFR ring.

She came back on her third goat and posted a 6.6, which gives her an aggregate time of 20.2 currently tied for 8th place with one night of competition left. Bennett is also sitting third in the rookie standings for the CNFR.

Twelve competitors return in each competition to the finals.

Shelby Whiting just missed advancing in the goat tying with a 14th place finish, while Cierra Chapman hit a barrel in her final run which took her out of the mix for the barrel racing event.

Brody Braden just missed the finals in the team roping event with White as the duo finished 13th.


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