Fort Scott Community College's men's rodeo team travelled to Casper, Wyo., June 12-18 to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo.
Six individuals qualified for the CNFR: Jordan Corrigan, Jake Self, Ethan Assman, Jake McKellips, Matt Croom, and Dustin Olmstead.
The CNFR is an annual event and usually hosts 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges. FSCC finished second in the Central Plains Region, which qualified the team for the CNFR. This was the first time since 2008 that FSCC has sent an entire team to the CNFR.
Corrigan competed in saddle bronc-riding. In the first round, Jordan's horse ran into the fence but Jordan was still able to complete the eight-second ride. His third-round horse fell into the fence and took Jordan with him, for which he was awarded a re-ride.
FSCC had three individuals participate in bareback riding. In round one, Self finished fifth, Croom finished 10th and Assman 14th.
In the second round, Self finished fifth and Croom finished 15th. Assman broke his hand on his attempt.
In the third round, Self finished 12th and Croom finished 22nd. Assman still rode even with his broken hand.
After the short go, Self placed fifth in the nation, Croom placed 17th, and Assman placed 30th, broken hand and all.
The other two members of the FSCC team competed in bull-riding. In round one, Olmstead finished fifth. In round two, McKellips finished fourth. After the short go, McKellips finished eighth and Olmstead 12th in the nation.
"The six students performed in such a professional manner on a national stage," FSCC head rodeo coach Chad Cross said. "FSCC and the Fort Scott community can be very proud of them. Two of these young men will return to FSCC next year. The other four will go on to four-year schools to finish their degrees."