By RODNEY D. BOAM
One cowboy and two cowgirls from Franklin County participated in what some call the Rose Bowl of college rodeo, the National Intercollegiate Association Rodeo Finals in Casper earlier this month.
Over 400 athletes from 100 colleges across the country participated in the finals held from June 9-15.
Kiara Wanner, of Whitney, was on the Idaho State University team which took first place.
Wanner qualified to participate in barrel racing. She was one of four ISU women’s team members to qualify for the finals.
“I didn’t do as well as I wanted too. But it was a good experience to be at nationals,” Wanner said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The Rocky Mountain Region also won the softball tournament.
“All the regions put together a softball team and had a tournament.
“We won that,” she said.
The other local cowgirl who participated in the finals was Chuck Povey, of Clifton, who finished sixth in breakaway roping. Povey is attending College of Southern Idaho.
Weston’s Jace Austin, who is attending Utah Valley University, also participated in the rodeo. Austin transferred from Utah State to UVU this year.
Even though he missed three rodeos as a required when someone transfers, he still won the region steer-wrestling title this year.
This story is sponsored by Orchard Estates.
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