Full crew of Star-Tribune reporters here today to cover this event - (from left to right on your press row) Alan Rogers, Clint Robus, Mike Vorel, Jack Nowlin, myself, Leah Todd and Zack Creglow.
Me, Leah and the CST Twitter account will be tweeting highlight videos from selected rides and ropes. Click the links to watch 'em.
Good crowd already for the live blog... where are you watching us from?
I put my hat on to reduce the glare. Hope that helps.
One thing to know about college rodeo: It's just not about the weekend trips to the rodeos. It's about the education. The opening spiel at #CNFR
Honoring the graduates. Prayer on deck. Anthem in the hole.
Anthem's done. Time to ride.
Austin Graham gets SB started with a 65.5.
Tyler Austin of Tennessee-Martin with a 69 to take the lead
Third ride ... third leader. Chad Rutherford of McNeese State with a 73.
Tarleton State's Jake Self with a 72.5
Fort Scott's Tyler Pasour hangs on for a 53.5
Seth "Little City" Shelton failed to mark out
Here's your scores for the first set of bareback riders at the #CNFR:
277 | Shelton, Seth C. | WASU: No score
188 | Rutherford, Chad E. | MCNSU: 73.00
61 | Waltz, Tyler R. | UTNM: 69.00
242 | Graham, Austin D. | FTSCOT: 65.50
92 | Self, Jake R. | TARLET: 72.50
246 | Pasour, Tyler C. | FTSCOT: 53.5
On to breakaway ... Meg McPadden of South Dakota State gets things started with a 3.8.
SW Oklahoma State's Kelsie Chace with a 3.9.