Tarleton State University’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams both finished in the top five at the 69th annual College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), which wrapped up Saturday in Casper, Wyo.
The Tarleton men accumulated 690 points, finishing third behind national champion Panhandle State’s (Okla.) 827.5 and a 715 from Sam Houston State.
The men’s team, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first national crown, was led by tie-down roping champion Reid Zapalac. The Smithville, Texas, roper flashed an 8.8-second time in Saturday’s short-go for a 36.7 clocking on four head.
Tarleton also notched a pair of third-place finishes with saddle bronc rider Brody Cress and bareback rider Kody Lamb. Cress, from Cheyenne, Wyo., posted the top score in Saturday’s finals, scoring an 84 for a four-ride 237.5. Lamb, who’s 78 was fourth in the short-go, finished with a four-ride 293.5. Lamb is a five-time CNFR qualifier from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
Tarleton’s women, who boast four national crowns in their history, finished fifth in Casper with 280 points. Led by Lauren Bane’s ninth-place finish in goat tying, her 8.1-second time Saturday gave her a 28.4 combined score. The Caldwell, Idaho, cowgirl also took fourth in women’s all-around competition.