UT MARTIN TRIO MAKES CNFR DEBUTS IN OPENING DAY OF 2017 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 11, 2017
CASPER, Wyo. – Three University of Tennessee at Martin participants got things started on the opening day of the 69th annual College National Finals Rodeo, held at the Casper Events Center.
Houston Herbert, Ryan McDaniel and Kenzley Wilson each debuted today during the matinee session of the CNFR. The UT Martin trio was making their CNFR debuts amongst the best of the best in the realm of collegiate rodeo.
Wilson came through with the best score today, tying for first place out of 48 competitors in breakaway roping. The junior from Black Oak, Ark. recorded a time of 2.3 seconds to tie Southeast Oklahoma State’s Brandi Epps for top honors after the first round.
A junior hailing from College Grove, Tenn., Herbert placed 19th out of 34 cowboys in bareback riding. He compiled 65.5 points to open his CNFR career.
McDaniel, a sophomore from Yuma, Tenn., took part in the bull riding event today but did not score. In fact, only 11 of the 39 competitors in bull riding recorded a score on the opening day.
Herbert returns to action on Monday, June 12 with his second round performance in the bareback riding slack. Each of the remaining UT Martin representatives will also open their 2017 CNFR tomorrow as part of the slack performances. Ross Mitchell (alongside East Mississippi’s Ethan Wheeler) and Douglas Rich (alongside East Mississippi’s Marcus Theriot) will take part in team roping while Madison Crow and Nealey Dalton will both debut in barrel racing.