Asay shares national title

Posted 6/22/10

Asay wrapped up a stellar 2010 CNFR appearance with a 74.5-point ride on Saturday to post a four-day total of 306.5 points, good enough to share the average title with Tarleton State's Isaac Diaz. Diaz improved enough with a 77.5-point Saturday ride …

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Asay shares national title


{gallery}06_22_10/asay{/gallery}Powell's Kaleb Asay gets ready to leave the chute for his short-go ride during Saturday's College National Finals Rodeo final session. Asay scored a 74.5-point ride to finish as a co-national champion for the 2010 season. Courtesy photo/Matt Young, Casper College Vernon College sophomore finishes with a 74.5 on SaturdayPowell's Kaleb Asay entered Saturday's short-go as the man everyone was trying to catch in the 2010 College National Finals Rodeo. By the end of the final session, the Vernon College sophomore remained in front of the pack.

Asay wrapped up a stellar 2010 CNFR appearance with a 74.5-point ride on Saturday to post a four-day total of 306.5 points, good enough to share the average title with Tarleton State's Isaac Diaz. Diaz improved enough with a 77.5-point Saturday ride to tie Asay atop the podium.

Ironically, it was Diaz with whom Asay traveled during his PRCA rookie of the year season in 2008.

The pair finished three points clear of the next-closest rider, Missouri Valley's Will Smith. Nobody else in the field was able to top 300 points over the course of four rounds as only eight out of the 12 riders were able to register scores in Saturday's short-go.

Fueled by Asay's performance, the Vernon College men's rodeo team amassed 682.5 points to claim the 2010 national team title. Vernon College finished nearly 100 points ahead of national runner-up Missouri Valley. Central Wyoming College finished fourth in the final men's standings.

Gillette College captured the national championship on the women's side of the competition. The Pronghorns won the title in a rout, finishing more than 175 points ahead of national runner-up South Dakota State.

The national title adds to an already-strong 2010 rodeo season for Asay. The Powell native has enjoyed early-season success on the PRCA circuit as well and currently sits 44th in the overall season earnings chart.

NWC riders wrap up action

While Asay was on his way to winning a national title, the three CNFR-qualifying members of Northwest College's rodeo team wrapped up their competition in Casper earlier in the week.

After two days of frustration, the Trappers' Cody Proctor gave NWC its best showing when she scored a time of 2.7 seconds on Thursday in the final preliminary round of breakaway roping competition. Proctor's time was good enough for seventh overall in the round three standings.

It was Proctor's only score in three tries at the CNFR.

Teammate Haily Hamlin was unable to match her second round performance and failed to record a score in the third round of the breakaway roping competition. Hamlin, like Proctor, was able to register a time in just one of the three rounds.

Between Hamlin's second-round performance and Proctor's third-round time, however, the pair was able to score 20 team points for Northwest College. The Trappers placed in a tie for 30th in the final women's team standings.

The Northwest College men, represented by bull rider Cayd Kluesner, failed to score a team point. Kluesner, competing in the event with a torn knee ligament, was able to register one scoring ride in three attempts.

2010 CNFR results

Bareback Riding: (final round)

1, Ty Breuer, Central Wyoming College, 82.5. 2 (tie), Seth Hardwick, Panhandle State University; Nick Gutzwiler, Walla Walla Community College; and Tanner Aus, Iowa Central Community College, 79.5. (total on four) 1, Breuer, 319. 2, Kyle Brennecke, Missouri Valley College, 301.5. 3 (tie), Luke Creasy, Texas Tech University, and Aus, 301. 5, Seth Hardwick, Panhandle State University, 299.5. 6, Gutzwiler, 297. 7, Colton Bair, Utah Valley University, 295.5. 8, Caleb Bennett, Utah Valley Universtiy, 295. Dennison, Vernon College, 290.5.

Tie Down Roping: (final round) 1, Caleb Smidt, Wharton County Community College, 8.8 seconds. 2, Kyle VanBiezen, Idaho State University, 9.8. 3, Ryan Bothum, Connors State College, 10.3. 4, Cory Solomon, Hill College, 11.0. (total on four) 1, Bothum, 42.6 seconds. 2, Smidt, 45.0. 3, Cy Eames, Idaho State University, 45.7. 4, VanBiezen, 50.9. 5, Solomon, 52.7. 6, Tyrell Moody, Douth Dakota State University, 52.7. 7, Stetson Aldridge, Troy University, 53.6. (on three) 8, ole Dorenkamp, Lamar Community College, 38.5. Rob Webb, Weber State University, 30.3.

Breakaway Roping: (final round) 1, Katy Strange, Northeast Texas Community College, 2.4 seconds. 2, Chelea Moore, Gillette College, 2.6. 3, Whitney O<Rourke, South Dakota State University, 3.5. 4, Jordan Muncy-Taton, Panhandle State University, 4.1. (total on four) 1, Muncy-Taton, 11.8. 2, Strange, 13.9. 3, Chelsea Hoff, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 16.2. 4, O<Rourke, 22.4. (on three) 5, Chelsea Moore, Gillette College, 6.8. 6, Jordan Thurston, Gillette College, 8.7. 7, Kody Engle, Tarleton State University, 10.3. 8, McKatee Mason, Treasure Valley Community College, 10.8.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (final round) 1 (tie), Isaac Diaz, Tarleton State University; Brian Martinat, Blue Mountain Community College; and Troy Crowser, Panhandle State University, 77.5. 4, Kobyn Williams, McNeese State University, 75.5. (total on four) 1 (tie), Diaz and Kaleb Asay, Vernon College, 306.5. 3, Will Smith, Missouri Valley College, 303.5. 4, Crowser, 299.5. 5, Jacobs Crawley, Texas & and M University, 299. 6, Tyrel Larsen, Panhandle State University, 298.5. 7, Martinat, 293.5. 8, Williams, 293.

Steer Wrestling: (final round) 1, Jason Schaffer, Howard College, 4.1 seconds. 2, Jake Shaw, Missouri Valley College, 4.2. 3, Kody Woodward, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 4.3. 4 (tie), Mert Bradshaw, Feather River College and Dakota Eldridge, Blue Mountain Community College, 4.6. (total on four) 1, Taylor Nahrgang, University of Montana, Western, 18.1. 2, Schaffer, 19.0. 3, Brent Sutton, South Dakota State University, 19.2. 4, Woodward, 19.9. 5, Jake Shaw, Missouri Valley College, 20.6. 7, Bradshaw, 23.1. 8, Sterling Lambert, Feather River College, 32.4.

Goat Tying: (final round) 1, Jordan Thurston, Gillette College,6.2 seconds. 2, Joey Painter, Black Hills State University, 6.3. 3, Hilary Bair, Utah Valley University, 6.4. 4, Toya Vogt, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 8.5. (total on four) 1, Thurston, 26.5. 2, Bailey Guthrie, Western Texas College, 26.9. 3, Bair, 27.3. 4 (tie), Mackenzie Pratt, Weber State University, and Painter, 27.6. 6, Lexie Rianda, Montana State University, 27.8. 7, Nikki Steffes, University of Wyoming, 28.0. 8, Bliss Bidwell, Feather River College, 28.1.

Team Roping: (final round) 1, Chase and Chad Williams, Tarleton State University, 5.5 seconds. 2, Chance Kiehne and Michael Trujillo, Eastern New Mexico University, 5.8. 3, Rodee Walraven and Johnny Salvo, New Mexico State University, 6.3. 4, Jordan Steele, University of Wyoming and Dustin Smith, Gillette College, 6.4. (total on four) 1, Kiehne and Trujillo, 35.4 2, Williams and Williams, 37.5. 3, Walraven and Salvo, 38.1. 4, Zachary Kilgus, Hill College and Shiloh Seale, Texas A & M University, 76. (total on three) 5, Jordan Steele, University of Wyoming and Dustin Smith, Gillette College, 23.5. 6, Lane Taylor, Troy University and Brady Wilson, Missouri Valley College, 28.6. 7, Chance and Dahl Nichols, University of Wyoming, 30.5. 8, Colby Porch and Blake Baade, South Dakota State University, 32.2.

Barrel Racing: (final round) 1, Sydni Blanchard, Mesalands Community College, 14.16 seconds. 2, Lauren Cox, Texas A&M University, 14.26 seconds. 3, Rahel Teideman, South Dakota State University, 14.32 seconds. 4, Cassie Ward, Tarleton State University, 14.34 seconds. (total on four) 1, Blanchard 57.87. 2, Tiedeman, 57.98. 3, Jaymie Leach, University of NevadaLas Vegas, 58.03. 4, Ward, 58.11. 5, Jordan Muncy, Panhandle State University, 58.20. 6, Cox, 58.39. 7, Kristin Wood, Central Arizona College, 58.45. 8, Lekelsi Dansie, Weber State University, 58.54.

Bull Riding: (final round three qualified rides) 1, Jeffrey Askey, University of Tennessee-Martin, 88.5 points. 2, (tie) Trevor Kastner, Western Oklahoma State College, and Riggin Phillips, Hill College, 85 points each. 4, Harve Stewart, Tarleton State University, 84.5. (total on three ) 1, Askey, 248. 2, Phillips, 247. 3, Tag Elliott, College of Southern Idaho, 246.5. 4, Stewart, 244.5. 5, Kastner, 235.5. (on two) 6, Tyler Willis, Vernon College, 166.5. 7, Patrick Geipel, Vernon College, 164.5. 8, Laine Baze, Walla Walla Community College, 160.

Men's All-Around: 1 (tie), Caleb Smidt, Wharton County Junior College, and Jason Schaffer, Howard County Junior College, 265 points each. 3, Johnny Salvo, New Mexico State University, 205 points. 4, Nick Gutzwiler, Walla Walla Community College, 185 points.