CASPER, Wyo. - The Missouri Valley College men's team is in fifth place entering today's short go of the College National Rodeo Finals at Casper, Wyo.
The Vikings sent three cowboys into the championship performance following the final round of preliminaries Friday. Senior Tanner Aus added 80 points to Valley's team score of 300 points by winning the third go of bareback riding.
Both of the Vikings' bull riders made it in. Although senior Will Crain was thrown from his third mount of the meet, his two previous rides had garnered a score of 154.5 points, putting him in second place. Senior Mason Ormesher, who had completed his prelims Tuesday with an overall score of 152.0, is tied for third place.
Sophomore steer wrestler Hunter Lewis had a chance to crack the top 10 and advance to the finals, but his third-go time of 14.1 seconds wasn't low enough and he finished 20th. Senior Cody Metsker fell to 31st.
Junior Jordan Corrigan also had an outside shot of making it to Saturday, but too many competitors passed him in the third go of saddle bronc riding - in which the Corrigan hadn't scored - to drop him back to 16th.
The team roping duo of sophomore heeler Ben Runyon and header Justin Johnson of Southern Arkansas didn't put up a time Friday, but were already out of the running.
Lady Vikings junior Korah Agre competed twice Friday and was done. He 4.1 seconds in breakaway roping moved her up to 21st place, while she dropped to 42nd in goat tying with a no-score.
Valley has a potential of 160 points available today, Ormesher not counting toward the team tally as the seventh entry. The Vikings are within 90 points of second-place Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College for the reserve championship they won in 2010 and are 10 points away of McNeese State (La.) for the fourth place they claimed a year ago.