Full Results: Taycie Matthews Earns Second Consecutive Collegiate Barrel Racing Championship

The air is thin, but the drama is thick in Casper.
Taycie Matthews and Fame Fire Rocks earned the 2024 CNFR championship. Jackie Jensen Photography.

The College National Finals Rodeo is underway in Casper, Wyoming, and we’re keeping you up to speed with barrel racing results and more from the CNFR.

At the end of the week, it was Taycie Matthews and Fame Fire Rocks who clinched the national championship for herself, and helped her women’s team at The University of West Alabama earn their second consecutive National Championship. Taycie’s sister and felow teammate Jaylie also finished solid in the national standings after coming in third in the final round.

Montana State University’s Tayla Moeykens earned the reserve national title after a second-place finish behind Matthews in the short round, while Jordan Driver completed her CNFR No. 3 in the nation.

Rounds 1-3 recap

The first and second rounds of competition saw reigning CNFR champion and Arkansas native, Taycie Matthews ride the 2023 WPRA Horse of the Year, Fame Fire Rocks to the win in 13.93 seconds. “Poprocks,” not only helped Matthews secure a 2023 NFR qualification, she helped Matthews secure the 2023 championship. Meanwhile, her fellow University of West Alabama teammate and sister Jaylie, a former reserve CNFR champ and IPRA World Champion is showing out on FeelinTheFirewater, “Sis,” in Casper.

Fast Fact: The Matthews sisters aren’t the only Southeastern presence to bounce around in the top three at the CNFR in recent years. In 2022, Taycie’s ProRodeo traveling partner, Tennessee native Sadie Wolaver, secured a national title under the Southwestern Oklahoma State banner.

But make no mistake, reigning Montana Circuit champion and 2021 CNFR champion, Tayla Moeykens isn’t letting the Matthews win easily in 2024. The cowgirl who showed up to dominate in the breakaway and barrel racing for Montana State University and she’s going to be looking to make a move up the aggregate in Round 3.

Another cowgirl in the salty 2024 pack to watch is Kalli McCall, the reigning WPRA Resistol Rookie of the Year. She’s holding down No. 3 in the aggregate with one performance remaining for Texas’ Hill College.

Currently sitting No. 2 in the aggregate, plus No. 1 in Round 3 is WCRA regular and standout all-around athlete, Jordan Driver. for Tarleton State University Stay tuned for more results and updates as the CNFR action develops in 2024 thanks to WCRA Rodeo.

Tayla Moeykens barrel racing CNFR
Tayla Moeykens. CNFR photo courtesy Jackie Jensen Photography.

CNFR athletes nominated for WCRA Points

**Denotes athletes who are eligible for the WCRA College Trifecta.

The “WCRA Trifecta” will pay a $10,000 cash bonus to any NIRA athlete who:

  • Wins their respective discipline in their region
  • Wins at least one go-round of competition at the CNFR in the same discipline
  • Wins the CNFR National Championship title in that discipline
  • The athlete must have nominated their ride or run with WCRA at the CNFR to be eligible for the bonus.

If more than one athlete completes the trifecta, those athletes will split the bonus.

CNFR barrel racing results 2024

Round 1

1. 108Taycie G. MatthewsYesUWAL13.93 
2. 216Kalli A. McCallYesHILL14.02 
3. 159Tayla A. MoeykensYesMTSU14.03 
4. 118Emma M. SmithYesTXAMU14.04 
5. 109Jaylie P. MatthewsYesUWAL14.14 
5. 284Libby K. BergerYesSWOKSU14.14 
7. 278Emma J. RickeYesNEOKAM14.21 
8. 299Weslyn F. RenoYesNMSU14.26 
9. 054Ashlyn K. GovenYesGILLET14.27 
9. 072Rayne C. GrantYesLARMIE14.27 
9. 186Brooke KrolczykYesSAMSU14.27

Round 2

1. 108Taycie G. MatthewsYesUWAL13.81 
2. 159Tayla A. MoeykensYesMTSU13.99 
3. 072Rayne C. GrantYesLARMIE14.10 
4. 008Allie E. MurphyYesSPLNS14.15 
4. 063Jordan T. DriverYesTARLET14.15 
4. 064Hadley S. TidwellYesTARLET14.15 
4. 278Emma J. RickeYesNEOKAM14.15 
8. 317Sierra R. SteeleUWILC14.16 
9. 216Kalli A. McCallYesHILL14.18 
10. 308Avery C. LedesmaYesNMSU14.27

Round 3 Leaders

1. 159Tayla A. MoeykensYesMTSU13.70 
2. 063Jordan T. DriverYesTARLET13.84 
3. 108Taycie G. MatthewsYesUWAL13.92 
4. 064Hadley S. TidwellYesTARLET13.95 
5. 008Allie E. MurphyYesSPLNS14.04 
6. 227Saydee Sue DavisYesUTSUE14.14 
7. 210Kennedy M. BucknerYesBLUE14.22 
8. 109Jaylie P. MatthewsYesUWAL14.25 
8. 228Sadie L. MendenhallYesUVU14.25 
10. 288Casey C. MathisYesSEOKSU14.28 
10. 346Haven M. JonesYesBHSU14.28 
12. 055Haiden A. ThompsonYesGILLET14.29

Top 12 CNFR barrel racers advancing to short round

The following times are updated as of June 12, 2024 on three runs.

1, Taycie Matthews, University of West Alabama, 41.66 seconds.

2, Tayla Moeykens, Montana State University, 41.72.

3, Jordan Driver, Tarleton State University, 42.38.

4, Kalli McCall, Hill College, 42.55.

5, Rayne Grant, Laramie County Community College, 42.75.

6, Saydee Sue Davis, Utah State University Eastern, 42.81.

7, Jaylie Matthews, University of West Alabama, 42.87.

8, Kennedy Buckner, Blue Mountain Community College, 43.06.

9, Hadley Tidwell, Tarleton State University, 43.07.

10, Aliz VanderVoort, South Dakota State University, 43.08.

11, Jayci Byler, Sam Houston State University, 43.11.

12, Sierra Steele, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 43.15.

CNFR Short Round barrel racing results