June 20, 2018
Lincoln, Neb. — The University of Nebraska Rodeo Association recently returned from their fifth consecutive appearance in the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). The competition was held June 8-16 in Casper, Wyo.
Competing in the CNFR for the men’s team were Doug Finney of Anselmo, John Opela of Stapleton and Jake Fulton of Valentine. Rachel Hansen of Lincoln represented the women’s team.
The CNFR combrises three long rounds of competition where everyone competes followed by a championship round where the top 12 from the previous three rounds compete a fourth time. Rachel Hansen placed 8th in the second round of the barrel racing. Jake Fulton tied for 1st place in the third round of the steer wrestling. John Opela and Doug Finney qualified for the short round in the team roping, winning second in the short round, finishing 6th in the aggregate of all four rounds.
At the conclusion of competition, the men’s team finished 20th in the nation and the women’s team finished 35th.
Nebraska is one of 129 member schools in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, the sanctioning body of college rodeo.Bump Kraeger
University of Nebraska Rodeo Association