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The college rodeo dream that almost came true

Four MSU-Northern standouts had what it takes to reach the CNFR, but, coronavirus put a halt to college rodeo's biggest event


Last updated 4/20/2020 at 11:52am

Havre Daily News/Daniel Horton

Montana State University-Northern's Kassidy Williamson calf ropes during the 2019 MSU-Northern Big Sky Region rodeo last fall in Havre. Williamson and the Skylights had qualified for the 2020 College National Finals Rodeo in June, but that event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic called off many different sporting events across Montana and the country, including the 2020 College National Finals Rodeo June 14-20 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming. Excellent collegiate rodeo programs from across the country work hard in the fall, and normally the spring, to qualify for the CNFR in the summer.

And in the case of the Montana State University-Northern women's rodeo team, it had qualified for the 2020 CNFR with the points earned through the Big Sky Region's fall schedule. As for the competitors, freshman Mikenna Schauer, junior Jayne Kee...

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