West Hills rodeo star earns top honors at National Rodeo Finals

From West Hills College

West Hills College Coalinga Men’s Rodeo team member Brushton Minton earned top honors at this year’s National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s College National Finals Rodeo, finishing third in the nation in Team Roping.

Minton earned a 6.9 in the short round, along with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Chase Onaka.

WHCC also placed well as a team, placing 27th in the nation out of 58 teams above teams from Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and more.  The CNFR was held from June 11 to 17 in Casper, Wyoming.

“We are incredibly proud of Brushton and also of the team,” said Justin Hampton, WHCC Head Rodeo Coach. “The CNFR is the pinnacle of the rodeo season and our team competed hard.”

The team competed against over 400 competitors from 11 regions and over 100 universities and colleges at the finals. The five-member team competed in a range of individual events including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping.

The team finished the regular rodeo season in May as the West Coast Region’s Reserve Champion Team following a second place win at the regional finals in Nevada before heading on to the CNFR.

Jacob Lees; Edgar Machado; Cash Robinson: and Kolby Bravos were the other team members who competed at this year’s CNFR. All were ranked in the top three regionally in their individual events.

A full list of results from the College National Finals Rodeo is available at http://www.collegerodeo.com/cnfr/cnfr-2017-results/

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