CASPER, Wyo. – The 65th annual College National Finals Rodeo kicked off today, as three University of Tennessee at Martin members opened up the weeklong event at the Casper Events Center.
Junior Tyler Waltz represented UT Martin in bareback riding, compiling 69 points in the first go. The Jersey Shore, Pa. native is currently sitting in 16th after the first round.
Also competing for the UT Martin men’s team was senior Ty Hughston, who tallied 71 points in the first go of the saddle bronc competition. That score was good enough for a split of fifth place for the McBain, Mich. native.
On the women’s side, freshman Natalie Fletcher was responsible for a 2.9 in the first go of breakaway roping. The Knoxville, Tenn. native split fourth in her CNFR debut.
Action resumes on Monday, June 10 with the slacks starting at 7 a.m. local time.