Viking Rodeo Opens Action at College National Finals

Posted June 18, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (June 18, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College rodeo teams opened competition at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., Tuesday.  A total of eight Viking student-athletes will compete for both the men’s and women’s programs, with the men’s team competing for a possible team National championship.


Opening the competition for MVC Sophomore Dalton Kingery (Monroe, Iowa) sits No. 15 in the saddle bronc riding competition at the first day and No. 33 in bareback riding.  In steer wrestling Freshman JD Struxness (Appleton, Minn.) sits at No. 29 while Freshman Fenton Nelson (Iowa City, Iowa) is No. 35.  Also for MVC Sophomore Coleman Rude (Silver Lake, Ind.) is tied for No. 5 and Sophomore Travis Smith (West Plains, Mo.) is No. 21 in bull riding while Senior Ben Runyon (Tallula, Ill.) is No. 20 in team roping.


For the women’s team, Junior Kacey Struxness (Appleton, Minn.) is No. 21 and Junior Twyla Reid (Albion, Ill.) is No. 33 in breakaway roping.  


As a team the men’s side sits at No. 39 in the standings while the women’s team is No. 32.


The CNFR takes place continues tonight with the second performance at the Casper Events Center.


For more information on the CNFR go to


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