UTM rodeo team takes third at national finals
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:03 pm
The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo team finished third in the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. Rough stock riders Matt Smith, Ty Atchison and Brent Menz finished among the top 12 in the nation in their respective events Saturday night in the championship short round at the Casper Events Center.
UT Martin finished with 520 points in the week-long CNFR, while Walla Walla (Washington) Community College was first in the CNFR with 740 points. Western Texas College was second with 567.5 points.
As a team, UT Martin entered the round with 300 points and in second place. The team trailed Walla Walla by 145 points.
Smith, a junior from Mount Olive, Miss., split second in the short round of the bareback event with a 77.5. He also finished second in the average.
Atchison, a senior from Jackson, Mo., finished second in the saddle bronc short go with a score of 74.5. He was fifth in the average.
Junior Brent Menz, from Delta, Mo., had a no score in the bull riding short go, but finished ninth in the average. Menz drew a brown-spotted bull named Guido in the short round and had a great ride until the bull made a tight left spin and threw him off in about 6.8 seconds.
Menz entered the bull riding finals in seventh place with 144 on two rides. He scored 61.5 on his first ride and finished 14th. In the second round, Menz turned in an 82.5-ride to finish second in the round. He had no score in the third round.
Also traveling to Casper for the CNFR from UT Martin were junior Ryan Pope from Yorkville and senior Boyd Quinley from Cordova. UT Martin was represented on the women’s side by senior Nicole Todd, Molly Alexander, Brittany Duff and Lauren Glasco.
Pope worked the steer wrestling and finished ninth in the first round with a time of 4.2.
Quinley worked the team roping where he turned in his best effort in the third round with a time of 5.1, which was good enough for second in the round.
Duff, a junior from Lewisburg, turned in the best performance on the women’s side in the goat tying event where she finished 15th in the nation. She had a 7.6 run in the first round, which was good enough for 15th. Her fastest time in the rodeo came in the third round where she had a time of 7.0 to finish 12th in the round.
Lauren Glasco, a sophomore from Anna, Ill., worked the team roping event and turned in a time of 13.1 in the second round to finish 22nd.
Alexander, a sophomore from Blytheville, Ark., and Todd, from Minnesota, worked the barrel racing. Alexander’s best time was in the third round where she had a 14.40 run to finish fourth.
Todd, who won the Ozark Region barrels, finished 26th in the CNFR. She finished 18th in the first round with a time of 14.89. She made a 14.87 run in the second round and finished 24th in the round.
This was UT Martin’s 34th consecutive appearance in the CNFR. This year’s third-place finish matches UT Martin’s previous best in the CNFR, a third-place finish in the 1985 national finals.
Smith’s bareback ride lands UT Martin in first place at CNFR
Matt Smith, a junior at the University of Tennessee at Martin, turned in a 75-point ride in the third round of the bareback competition at the College National Rodeo Finals in Casper, Wyo. Wednesday night.
With Smith’s third round ride, UT Martin jumped into first place in the team standings with 340 points at the CNFR. Panhandle State University is second with 320 points while Walla Walla Community College is third with 310 points.
Smith and Pandhandle State’s Karlon Knudsen are tied in the average. Each cowboy has 228 points after three rides.
The top 12 in each event after three rounds will advance to the championship finals set for Saturday night.
Smith will represent UT Martin in the bareback in the championship round, while Ty Atchison will work the saddle bronc and Brent Menz works the bull riding.
The third round of the CNFR will conclude Friday night.
Atchison third in saddle bronc after three days
The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ty Atchison turned in a 77-point ride in the third round of the saddle bronc at the College National Finals Rodeo Tuesday night in Casper, Wyo.
The senior is currently third in the saddle bronc after three rides. However, the third round continues tonight.
“Ty finally got on a horse that is better than anything he’s been on in two years,” said John Luthi, UT Martin’s head rodeo coach.
Atchison, from Jackson, Mo., recorded a 71-point ride in the first round. He turned in a 64.5-point ride in the second round.
Atchison should be among the top 12 in the saddle bronc to advance to the championship round set for Saturday night.
With Atchison’s impressive third round, UT Martin was in fourth place with 250 points going into Wednesday night’s performance.
UT Martin’s Brent Menz has a chance to make it back for the championship short round in the bull riding. Menz was second in the average after three rides. He had a 61.5-point ride in the first round, but split second in the second round with an 82.5-point ride. Menz did not have a score in his third round ride, but had a total of 144 points on two rides for second place in the average.
UT Martin’s Matt Smith was in 12th-place in bareback competition after three days and two rounds. Smith had a 78-point ride in the first round and a 75-point ride in the second round.
Smith was scheduled for his third round ride Wednesday night. With a good ride, Smith could also make it to the short round.
Midway through the third round, UT Martin’s Ryan Pope found himself in 11th place in the steer wrestling event. Pope had a 4.2-run in the first round.
The third round of the CNFR will conclude Friday night while the championship round is set for Saturday night.