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FRC rodeo sends 11 to college national finals

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     FRC’s Mike Van Blarcom, will compete in bull riding.

 5/19/2010 -    The Feather River College rodeo team finished its regular season stronger than ever in the West Coast Region.

    The FRC men’s team won the championship for the third straight year, dominating the region and winning the title by over 1,000 points.

    The women’s team also made themselves known by ending the season in a very respectable third place behind Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and University Nevada Las Vegas.

    The Feather River men’s team has an impressive nine qualifiers going to the College National Finals Rodeo, while the women’s team is taking two. This is the strongest, most experienced team Feather River has sent to the college finals.

    Three students will represent the men’s team in two events at the CNFR this year.

    Leading off the men is saddle bronc riding champion and reserve all-around champion Mert Bradshaw, from Eagle Point, Ore.

    Bradshaw dominated the bronc riding throughout the year and will also be competing in the steer wrestling at the CNFR.

    Sterling Lambert again qualified for the CNFR in two events. The Fallon, Nev. native will be competing in steer wrestling and team Roping.

    Lambert will be roping with FRC sophomore Austin Carrasco from Smith, Nev.

    Freshman cowboy Josh Garner from Live Oak will be the final cowboy in two events, as he will compete in bull riding and steer wrestling.

    Salinas cowboys Josh Daries and Mike Van Blarcom will both represent FRC in bull riding.

    Daries won the regional title in bull riding and hopes to carry his winning ways with him to Casper, Wyo., where the college national finals are held each year.

    Last year’s regional champion saddle bronc rider Jace Angus from Fallon, Nev. will look to make an impact for the FRC team in Wyoming.

    Bareback rider Dustin Moody from Visalia will look toward his first CNFR as a freshmen.

    Rounding out the men’s team qualifiers is Riley York from Loyalton. York will be competing in the team roping  in Casper.

    On the women’s team, FRC has two qualifiers for the CNFR. Breakaway reserve champion Noel Hannon from Ukiah heads to her first CNFR with hopes of winning a national title, and sophomore Bliss Bidwell heads to her second CNFR in goat tying.

    The College National Finals Rodeo will take place June 12-19.

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