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Sanchez, women’s team Eye upcoming CNFR

Pictured L-R: Coach Sierra Heinert, Hadley Tate, Libby Berger, Cheyenne VandeStouweCoach Mike Visnieski. Braylee District not shown.

CASPER, Wyo.– Five competitors from the SWOSU rodeo program will compete at the 2024 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), held June 9-15 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Full details of the event, including tickets, times and streaming options, can be found on the official website, www.cnfr.com.

SWOSU Women’s Rodeo was crowned the 2024 Central Plains Region Champs for the third time in four years and will send four of the team to compete – Hadley Tate, Libby Berger, Cheyenne VandeStouweAnd Braylee District. The team comes to the CNFR having won the past three rodeos to close out the regular season. They have won a total of five out of ten events this year and have only finished outside the top three once.

VandeStouwe claimed the Central Plains Region Women’s All-Around title and was the reserve champion (second place) in goat tying. She will make her second straight appearance at the CNFR after qualifying for the short round last year and finishing seventh in the average.

Meanwhile, a trio of barrel racers – who have each won at least one event this season – will represent SWOSU, with Tate, Berger and Ward all set to ride. Tate was also the region’s reserve champion, while Berger finished fourth and Ward fifth.

Berger was a T-15 with the CNFR in barrels last year and will soon be making her second trip as well. Tate and Ward will both be competing in the national rodeo for the first time.

Dustin Sanchez, the only cowboy on the CNFR qualifying list, is making his second straight bull riding appearance at SWOSU. He finished as the No. 4 ranked rider in the region.

SWOSU Rodeo has a long tradition of success in the CNFR, with six team and 23 individual national championships to their credit. The newest champion came two years ago (2022). Sadie Wolaver took home a gold buckle in Barrel Racing.

Last year the women’s team finished in fourth place. They’ve now finished in the top 4 three years in a row, following second-place finishes in 2021 and ’22.

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