Lassen Community College cowboys ranked top in the nation, head to college finals rodeo
TJ McCauley competes in tie-down roping during Lassen Community College’s rodeo in October 2013. McCauley, and several other cowboys from the college’s men’s team, qualified to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June. File photo
May 27 — The Lassen Community College men’s rodeo team is making its name known across the nation.
With the regular college rodeo season finished, several cowboys from the team have won first place in the region, become nationally ranked and are heading to the College National Finals Rodeo next month.
Case Hirdes and TJ McCauley won the region and are ranked number-one in the nation for team roping.
Chant DeForest took first-place in the region in calf roping and earned a number-seven national ranking.
Dalton McMurtrie came in third in the region in bull riding and ranked 21st in the nation.
The men will travel to Casper, Wyo. for the CNFR from June 15 to 21. According to the finals rodeo’s website, the CNFR is known as the Rose Bowl of college rodeo. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges compete at the event each year. The top three students in each event from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Associations’s 11 regions quality to compete in the finals rodeo.
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