A.F. cowgirl leads ISU to college championship


The Idaho State University women’s rodeo team, led by freshman Kimberlyn Fitch of American Falls, won the College Nationals Finals Rodeo (CNFR) on June 15 in Casper, WY.

The ISU women’s team finished first with 520 team points; Northeastern Junior College was second with 490 points; and Tarleton State University was third with 435 points. The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls finished fifth with 365.

Fitch won the breakaway roping with 370 points, earned seventh in barrel racing, and won Reserve All-Around as well as CNFR Rookie of the Year.

ISU Rodeo Club advisor Melisa Moon-Giannini said Fitch has made an immediate impact on the ISU Rodeo program.

“She is one of the best rodeo athletes to represent Idaho State University throughout its history. She is an amazing rodeo athlete,” said Moon-Giannini.

Fitch was joined by other high-placing ISU women including: Shelby Freed of Pocatello who placed 13th in breakaway roping and 32nd in goat tying, Megan Gunter of McCammon placed 15th in breakaway roping and Kiara Wanner of Preston took 39th in barrel racing.

The ISU men’s team finished 33rd at the CNFR.

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