The National Junior High Finals Rodeo got underway Sunday night in Des Moines, Iowa, and Kasen Brennise, of Craig, is off to a good start.
The high school freshman-to-be has competed in three of his four events at the event and recorded times in all three, a must for making it to the short round in any event at nationals.
In tie-down roping, where he was a state champion in Colorado, Brennise had the fastest time in his section of cowboys, finishing in 12.45 seconds in Round 1. Through the times recorded Tuesday morning, Brennise’s mark is sixth best, putting him in good position heading into Round 2.
As of Tuesday morning's results, Brennise sits 23rd with teammate Chadron Coffield in team roping, in which they finished in 14.69 seconds. Along with sister Kinlie, he also finished ribbon roping in 17.22 seconds, a mark which currently sits outside the top 25.
Through Tuesday morning, four of six Round 1 sessions had been completed. After groups compete Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the second round will begin.
Kasen Brennise also qualified to nationals in goat tying while Kinlie Brennise made it in barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping.
As a state, Colorado sits in fourth place overall with 1,150 points.
CNCC students impress at college nationals
Several students from Colorodo Northwestern Community College recently competed at the College National Rodeo Finals in Casper, Wyoming, and did well against the best in the country from two-year and four-year schools.
Brody Adams and Clay Crozier were in team roping together and recorded top-10 times in all four rounds of the event, ultimately placing third in the country. Adams also competed alone in tie-down roping and placed 12th overall. The combination of those finishes was enough to earn him sixth place in the men’s all-around competition.
Jeremiah Fatt also competed in team roping with Utah State student Braiden Richens, and the pair finished 27th in the nation. Jesse Anderson was 19th in the men’s bareback riding.
Brice Osborne (bull riding) and Courtney Hibbs (breakaway roping) were also in Casper representing CNCC, but neither recorded a time at the rodeo.
As a team, the CNCC men were 13th in the U.S. after their performances at nationals.