CASPER, Wyo. – The College National Finals Rodeo in Casper still has three performances remaining, but Chadron State College cowgirl Brianna Williams of Buffalo, S.D., is assured of making the breakaway roping finals Saturday night after catching two calves on Tuesday.
Williams, who roped her first calf on Sunday in 3.4 seconds, completed her second run during slack on Tuesday in 2.8 seconds and caught her third calf in the rodeo’s first evening performance in 6.4 seconds.
That gives Williams a total time of 12.6 seconds, putting her second in the standings among the contestants who have completed the three preliminary go-rounds.
Eight of the breakaway ropers who must still make their third run have caught their first two calves fast enough that they could finish ahead of Williams after the three go-rounds have concluded. But, since the top 12 qualify for Saturday night’s finals, she has wrapped up one of the dozen slots.
The current breakaway leader is Zoie Bedke of Idaho State University, who has caught her three calves in 7.9 seconds.
Williams, who graduated from Chadron State in May, has not placed particularly high in any of the go-rounds, but her ability to catch all three calves has paid off. At best, only 12 of the 47CNFR breakaway qualifiers will do that, and the CSC contestant has a faster total time than two others who have concluded all three go-rounds with three catches.
Two more CSC breakaway ropers, Quincy Segelke and Phannette Gray, caught one of their calves through the first two go-rounds, but missed the other one. They will make their third runs Thursday and Friday nights, respectively.
Chadron State bareback rider Rowdy Moon lost his chances of making the finals when he was bucked off his second bronc during Monday’s slack. It was just the second time in 41 trips out of the chute in two years that he’s failed to make the eight-second whistle at a college rodeo.