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Seven Montana students will compete in the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) set for Monday through Saturday in Casper, Wyo.

The Grizzly men qualified as a five-member team. Brittney Nordahl and Amber Crowley are qualifiers on the women's side.

Jesse Kruse, a Great Falls native who finished second at nationals last year in saddle bronc riding, leads the Montana men. He will compete in his specialty and in team roping with Bridger Chambers.

Joining Kruse and Chambers are Nolan Conway, Cole Burman and Dustin Jenkins. Conway and Burman will represent UM in steer wrestling. Burman will also compete in bull riding along with Jenkins.

The men's team is hoping to improve on its seventh-place finish from 2007.

For the women, Nordahl will participate in goat tying and Crowley in breakaway roping. Nordahl is a Frenchtown product and the daughter of Montana rodeo coach Kevin Nordahl.

The CNFR features nine rodeo events. They are bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling for the men, barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping for the women.

In addition, team roping is held and is open to men and women.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

Daily results will be posted at

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