FIVE UT MARTIN PARTICIPANTS COMPETE AT DAY TWO OF 2017 COLLEGE NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
June 12, 2017
CASPER, Wyo. – A total of five University of Tennessee at Martin cowboys and cowgirls took part in the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo today at the Casper Events Center.
Nealey Dalton began her fourth career postseason appearance with an impressive showing in barrel racing. The senior from Adamsville, Tenn. secured a time of 14.73 seconds to rank sixth out of 52 competitors in the event.
A freshman hailing from Bolivar, Tenn., Ross Mitchell made his CNFR debut today alongside East Mississippi’s Ethan Wheeler in team roping. The duo accounted for a time of 6.6 seconds, which comes in at fifth place out of 44 participants.
Houston Herbert made his second appearance in as many days in the bareback riding event today. The junior out of College Grove, Tenn. compiled 63.5 points during his second round, as his 129.0 overall points now rank ninth out of 34 in the individual standings.
Making her CNFR debut today was Madison Crow, a senior from Kingston Springs, Tenn. She took part in barrel racing, coming in 21st place out of 52 with a time of 14.99 seconds.
Also representing UT Martin today was Douglas Rich, who partnered with East Mississippi’s Marcus Theriot in team roping. A senior out of Herrick, Ill., Rich did not compile a score in the opening round.
Six of UT Martin’s seven participants will resume their CNFR rounds on Tuesday, June 13. The tandem of Rich/Theriot will take part in the slack second round of team roping before also advancing to the performance round tomorrow evening. Dalton and Crow will each be represented in the slack performance of barrel racing while Kenzley Wilson (breakaway roping), Ryan McDaniel (bull riding) and Mitchell/Wheeler (team roping) will all perform in the slack second rounds of their respective events.