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IHS alum Sanchez unlucky at CNFR


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Education in the rodeo world never stops. And on any given day, the lessons’ difficulty may prove a little much – Dustin Sanchez could tell you that. 

Now a graduate student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, the Ignacio High alumnus was the only Bulldog to qualify for the 2024 College National Finals Rodeo held June 9-15 in Casper, Wyo.  The bulls he drew, however, had little desire to be ridden and Sanchez – now a two-time CNFR qualifier at SWOSU – returned to base in Weatherford, Okla., unlucky in his three tries, leaving him in a multi-way tie for 15th place prior to the championship go-round. 

And after just five bulls were covered in the first go-round, then six in the second and eight in the third, only three were bested in the short go, with Wharton (Texas) County Junior College’s Zeke Martinez receiving a winning score of 86 points – giving him 246.5 on three successful and four total attempts inside the Ford Wyoming Center. 

In the final men’s team standings, Tarleton State (Stephenville, Texas) University piled up 895 points and held off runner-up Clarendon (Texas) College (820).  Totaling 670 points, Western Oklahoma State (Altus, Okla.) College came in third out of the 54 schools fortunate to score, including fourth-place Hill College (555) of Hillsboro, Texas.  Racking up 510 points each, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and in-town Casper College tied for fifth. 

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