UT MARTIN MEN FINISH 14TH, MITCHELL PLACES FIFTH IN TEAM ROPING AFTER FINAL DAY OF CNFR
June 18, 2016
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CASPER, Wyo. – The 2016 College National Finals Rodeo concluded this evening at the Casper Events Center, as the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s team finished in 14th place with a total of 315 points in the event.
Feather River College took home the team title with 1,000 points over the weeklong rodeo. Four UT Martin cowboys competed for a shot at an individual national championship tonight, as the top 12 scorers in each event took center stage to determine the best of the best.
UT Martin’s Lane Mitchell and East Mississippi’s Marcus Theriot finished in the top-five nationally in team roping after a solid effort this evening. The duo posted a score of 9.1 seconds to place fifth out of 50 teams with a 22.0 average.
Tanner Phipps competed in bareback riding but ran into some tough luck and did not compile a score. He finished 12th out of 36 cowboys with an average score of 211.0.
UT Martin accounted for two of the final 12 contestants in tie down roping but unfortunately neither cowboy would record an official score in the finals tonight. Ben Walker finished 10th nationally with an average of 31.3 while Slade Bronson’s 39.8 average came in 12th place out of 46 competitors.
The 2016 CNFR marked the 43rd straight year that the UT Martin men’s team advanced to the postseason. This season, the UT Martin men’s squad won five of its 10 regular season rodeos and an Ozark Region championship on its way to achieving a No. 4 national ranking heading into the CNFR.