SWOSU rodeo alumni place top five at 2020 Wrangler NFR

ARLINGTON, Texas – A trio of Southwestern Oklahoma State University Rodeo alumni competed at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), which concluded on Saturday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

Hunter Herrin (Tie-Down Roping), Emily Miller-Beisel (Barrel Racing) and Sage Kimzey (Bull Riding) all left the 10-day event in Arlington with top-five finishes in the World Rankings. Herrin competed at SWOSU during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons while Miller-Beisel and Kimzey were teammates at SWOSU during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

Originally from Apache, Okla., Herrin made his 10th Wrangler NFR appearance in Tie-Down Roping and finished strong, placing either first or second in five of the final six rounds to climb up to fourth in the World Standings. A no-time in round four dropped Herrin to ninth in the average, where he totaled 78.70 seconds on nine scoring runs at the NFR.

A native of Ingalls, Kan., and currently residing in Weatherford, Miller-Beisel put forth a strong effort in her second straight Wrangler NFR appearance. In rounds 6-8, she had three of the fastest times of the week in Barrel Racing, winning two go-rounds as she moved up to also finish fourth in the World Standings. For the event, Miller-Beisel had a total time of 177.72 seconds on 10 rides, which placed her fifth in the average.

The Strong City, Okla., cowboy, Kimzey saw his streak of six consecutive World Championships in Bull Riding snapped in 2020 after securing a fifth-place finish in the world. Despite getting bucked off in four of the first six rounds, Kimzey rebounded to cover three of his final four bulls, including a tie for first in the final go-round on Saturday night with a score of 92.00 points. He finished sixth in the average with 423.0 points on five rides and he will continue his pursuit of the PRCA World Championship record in 2021.

The Wrangler NFR is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier rodeo. Held annually since 1959, the Wrangler NFR is ProRodeo’s richest and most prestigious rodeo, and it showcases the very best cowboys, barrel racers and livestock in the world.